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Jun 17

Next Festival 2021: Social Justice & Activism, June 17

June 17 @ 4:00 pm - 8:45 pm EDT

The 2021 Next Festival of Emerging Artists presents Social Justice & Activism Workshops on June 17

Note: Registration for June 17 enables you to attend any or all of the above events. Zoom instructions, including one Zoom meeting link for the day, will be included with your registration confirmation email.

4 PM – 5:30 PM Beyond Raising Awareness – Arts + Activism with the Center for Artistic Activism

The arts are a powerful force but “raising awareness” won’t cut it anymore when we want real social change. In this workshop you’ll get to use some new methods to come up with strategic ideas for using art and activism, and come away with specific tools and methods you can use in your own social justice work.

The Center for Artistic Activism trains and advises organizations, artists and activists to help them increase the efficacy and affecacy of their artistic activism. They conduct innovative research to figure out what exactly efficacy and affecacy mean when it comes to artistic activist projects. And they share our trainings and research findings broadly, to provide the broadest possible access. But mainly, they look for opportunities to infuse advocacy and activism with humor, joy and love. Learn more at c4aa.org.

7:30 PM – 8:45 PM KEYNOTE PANEL: The Power of Music – Activism Through a Musical Lens with Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Donna Weng Friedman, Ashleigh Gordon, hosted by Peter Askim

Winner of a Naumburg International Violin Competition Honorarium Prize and featured in the Smithsonian Museum for African-American History, Kelly Hall-Tompkins is a violin soloist entrepreneur who has been acclaimed by The New York Times as “the versatile violinist who makes the music come alive,” for her “tonal mastery” (BBC Music Magazine) and as The New York Times’ “New Yorker of the Year.” As founder of Music Kitchen-Food for the Soul, Kelly Hall-Tompkins is a pioneer of social justice in classical music, bringing top artists to over 100 concerts coast to coast in homeless shelters from New York to Los Angeles and internationally in Paris. Read full bio

Award winning pianist Donna Weng Friedman enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, curator and app developer. Her new EP Heritage and Harmony: Silver Linings, featuring exclusively AAPI/BIPOC artists, aims to promote understanding and tolerance and combat racism, with all proceeds donated to supporting the AAPI community. Read full bio

Described as a “charismatic and captivating performer,” Ashleigh Gordon has recorded with Switzerland’s Ensemble Proton and Germany’s Ensemble Modern; performed with Grammy-award winning BMOP and Grammy-nominated A Far Cry string ensemble; and appeared at the prestigious BBC Proms Festival with the Chineke! Orchestra. Ashleigh is co-founder, Artistic/Executive Director and violist of Castle of our Skins, a Boston-based concert and educational series devoted to celebrating Black Artistry through music. Read full bio

Active as a composer, conductor and bassist, Peter Askim is the Artistic Director of The Next Festival of Emerging Artists and the conductor of the Raleigh Civic Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, as well as Director of Orchestral Activities at North Carolina State University. He was previously Music Director and Composer-in-Residence of the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra. He has also been a member of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and served on the faculty of the University of Hawaii-Manoa, where he directed the Contemporary Music Ensemble and taught theory and composition. Read full bio

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