This past April 1st our art exhibition came to an end with an amazing closing reception! The evening was filled with great energy as our performers presented their craft. Lorraine Currelley performed "A Poetic Narrative Birthed From The Stuff My Mother Gave Me" , accompanied by Jazz Saxophonist Sahji. Sharon Lee De La Cruz and Rena Anakwe presented the multimedia piece titled A Manifesto Against The War on Mother Nature: Part One. This performance explored the current state of humanity through a digitally rendered narrative utilizing: animation, video, original and sampled compositions and dance.
Anthony Rosado invigorated the night with his very powerful performance titled "mi mama me dijo to call for Universal Humyn Love in these united states of AmeriKKKa". This solo presentation is Anthony's testimony as a queer man of color inherently afflicted by lies embedded in the Pledge of Allegiance. Following obstructed rebellion of the pledge, I divulge ways my mother taught me forgiving, unconditional love.
The artists’ panel was a superb discussion! We started a conversation with the community that we want to continue because issues like equality, colorism, roles, body, and womanhood are things we have to address.These types of conversations are necessary to start changing society’s views one person at a time. We are all responsible for continuing in the old paths or creating new ones. Women like Laura Alvarez, Laura James, Sharon Lee De La Cruz, Elena Bouza, Melissa Calderon, Melanie Gonzalez, Cinnamon Willis, Yelaine Rodriguez, Ijeoma D. Iheanacho, Yolanda L. Rodriguez and Yarisa Colon are examples of the brave women that use art every day to fight against the norm.
We were amazed at the support of an amazing audience! We had a full house and many people were standing up! Thank you very much to all that attended and those that came in the BCA Arts Trolley!
Thank you to the Andrew Freedman Home staff and support for all their help!