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

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 3:30pm to 5:30pm

This is a past event.

Doheny Memorial Library (DML), Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, Room 240
3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, January 3, at 9 a.m.

3:30 p.m.: A Conversation with Women of Color Arts Leaders
USC Students, Staff, and Faculty: RSVP
USC Alumni: RSVP
General Public: RSVP 

5:30 p.m.: Let’s Dance! A Participatory Dance Flash Mob
USC Students, Staff, and FacultyRSVP
General PublicRSVP

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 powerful role that women of color arts leaders have played in building communities and promoting social change.

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

Charmaine Jefferson, former executive director of the California African American Museum, will moderate a conversation featuring:

From International Association of Blacks in Dance:
Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Elisa Monte Dance, NYC
Marjani Forté, Experimental Artists, NYC
Kia SmithSouth Chicago Dance Theatre
Ayisha Morgan-LeeHill Dance Academy Theatre, Pittsburgh

From Los Angeles:
Reena EsmailStreet Symphony
Jackie LopezVersa-Style Dance Company
Leslie A. ItoJapanese American Cultural & Community Center
Gema Sandoval and Christie RiosDanza Floricanto
Brigette Dunn-KorpelaB. Dunn Movement/Dance and Theatre Company
Zanaida RoblesStreet Symphony

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

Immediately following the conversation, Los Angeles–based Viver Brasil Dance Company will lead participants in a procession from Doheny Library to the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Grand Ballroom for an exciting and interactive dance event.

Additional Links:
International Association of Blacks in Dance FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTube
Tiffany Rea-Fisher Twitter
Elisa Monte Dance FacebookInstagramTwitterVimeoYouTube
Marjani Forté FacebookTwitterVimeo
South Chicago Dance Theatre Facebook
Ayisha Morgan-Lee Twitter
Hill Dance Academy Theatre Facebook
Reena Esmail FacebookInstagramSoundcloudWikipedia
Street Symphony FacebookInstagramTwitter
Versa-Style Dance Company FacebookInstagramYouTube
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center FacebookInstagramTwitter
Gema Sandoval Facebook
Danza Floricanto Facebook
Brigette Dunn-Korpela CSUN faculy profile
B. Dunn Movement/Dance and Theatre Company Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Zanaida Robles FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTube

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




University Park Campus


Admission is free. Reservations required.

Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs


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