Visual arts

Millersville University to Celebrate Black History Month with Visual and Performing Arts

Throughout February, the university will host both art exhibits and stage performances celebrating the contributions and heritage of Black Americans.

MILLERSVILLE, Pennsylvania – Millersville University will honor Black History Month through the Arts, announcing a host of visual and performance art events celebrating the contributions and heritage of Black and African Americans .

Throughout February, the university will host both art exhibitions and stage performances.

See below for descriptions of all Black History Month events at Millersville University. For tickets, call the Ware Center at (717) 871-7600, visit the box offices in person at Millersville University, or click here.

Alkebulan: Ode to the Orishas | Currently showing

Join Bryan “King Prolifik” Hickman’s exhibition, Alkebulan: Ode to the Orishas, currently on display in the Lyet Lobby, the first Friday, February 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. marks the opening of an additional exhibition, THE ROAD TO FREEDOM TAKES MANY PATHS in the Regitz Gallery, which will include a combination of photographs, illustrations, and maps, with text notes describing the African-American heritage of Lancaster and southeastern Pennsylvania, and significant railroad content clandestine. At 6:30 p.m. the same evening, We The People First Fridays will present a multimedia reading and discussion, UNDER THE SKY OF FREEDOM, featuring authentic stories of Lancaster County’s involvement in anti-slavery movements. Both events are free and open to the public.

Tales and songs from the oral tradition: February 12 at 1 p.m.

Award-winning artist and storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston will choose from her vast repertoire of African and African-American stories and songs that have been shared for hundreds of years across the African continent. The oral tradition of collecting and telling stories has helped preserve beliefs, mythology, cultural identity, history and shared community values ​​that impact generations. Youth lobby activities begin at noon and the 60-minute family show begins at 1 p.m. Immediately after the show, Charlotte will lead a limited capacity workshop for families, Come and play with stories together, where we’ll explore many ways to tell the stories around us, including rhythm and rhyme, call and response, story starters, and maybe even a backwards story. Interested parties should visit for tickets and instructions on how to register for the free workshop.

Bessie, Billie & Nina – Pioneering Women of Jazz: February 18 at 7:30 p.m.

From the Jim Crow-South era to the turbulent 1960s, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone were among the most influential and popular singers of their time. Women Jazz Pioneers features three dynamic singers, each a rising star in their own right: Charenée Wade, Tahira Clayton and Vanisha Gould, and backed by an all-female band. The singers celebrate the lasting legacy of these legendary performers with renditions of their classic songs, including Smith’s “Downhearted Blues”, Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” and Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam”. Tickets are $29, reserved seating.

Speak to My Soul: A Montage of Voices: February 26 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The choreo-poem conceived by artist and activist Evita Colón will be presented with two performances at Steinman Hall. Using speech, song and dance to express the stories of the collective experience of black people in America, the Assembly Journey follows the word of griots/poets who speak powerfully through the soul of black folk through an evolution of movements in American history as it comes to life on stage. Tickets are $22, reserved seating.

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