And Still We Rise: Women of Color Creating Community through the Arts

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 3:30pm


Doheny Memorial Library (DML), 240
3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, January 3, at 9 a.m. See the schedule of events below to RSVP.

Women of color have long been at the forefront of community building and social activism through the arts. Dance companies, music ensembles, theatre troupes, and other arts groups led by women of color have worked in distinctly collaborative, intergenerational ways to not only preserve their cultural heritage but also build vibrant, healthy, and engaged communities. Join us for two interactive events—a conversation and a dance flash mob—celebrating the impacts of women of color arts leaders.

Schedule of Events:

3:30 p.m.: A Conversation with Women of Color Arts Leaders
Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall
Doheny Memorial Library 240

Los Angeles–based community arts leaders will join the legendary founders of the International Association of Blacks in DanceCleo Parker RobinsonDebbie Blunden-DiggsLula WashingtonJoan Myers Brown, and Ann M. Williams—for an interactive conversation about the challenges and rewards of community arts leadership.
USC Students, Staff, and Faculty: RSVP
USC Alumni: RSVP
General Public: RSVP

5:30 p.m.: Let’s Dance! A Participatory Dance Flash Mob
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Grand Ballroom

Become a community art maker yourself! IABD leaders and other community activists will lead participants in an exciting participatory dance event. So put on your dancing shoes and experience a fun, inspiring, and empowering evening of community building together.
USC Students, Staff, and Faculty: RSVP
USC Alumni: RSVP
General Public: RSVP

Additional Links:
International Association of Blacks in Dance Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube
Cleo Parker Robinson Wikipedia
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Official website, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (Debbie Blunden-Diggs) Official website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Lula Washington Dance Theatre Official website, Facebook, YouTube
Joan Myers Brown NPR profile, Wikipedia
Philadanco! (Joan Myers Brown) Official website, Facebook
Dallas Black Dance Theatre (Ann M. Williams) Official website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Ken Foster (Arts Leadership), Rosalind Connerly (Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs), and Tamica Washington-Miller (International Association of Blacks in Dance).

Photo (Dancer): Jason Skinner

Event Type

Arts, Lecture / Talk / Workshop, Student Life


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus




Admission is free. Reservations required.


Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative



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