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$450,000 in COVID relief grants go to local BIPOC arts orgs
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$450,000 in COVID relief grants go to local BIPOC arts orgs
In partnership with the Boston Foundation and the Barr Foundation, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture will provide $25,000 unrestricted grants to 17 Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) arts and culture organizations around Boston. The grants are meant to provide some relief for the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Get on your feet with VLA Dance classes
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Get on your feet with VLA Dance classes
VLA Dance, a Black-owned contemporary dance company affiliated with Hibernian Hall and Boston Center for the Arts, has launched a new series of online dance classes every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday through March 2021.
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'The Gift' from Boston Ballet
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'The Gift' from Boston Ballet
On Dec. 17, Boston Ballet premiered “The Gift,” an hour-long program featuring original works choreographed by Boston Ballet company dancers Paul Craig, Chyrstyn Fentroy, John Lam, Haley Schwan, My’Kal Stromile, Gabriel Lorena and Arianna Hughlett. “The Gift” is available for streaming through Dec. 27 with ticket purchase.
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Artist Shen Wei takes us on an immersive, cultural journey
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Artist Shen Wei takes us on an immersive, cultural journey
Renowned as a dancer, choreographer and director of staged productions who incorporates Chinese and Western cultural traditions within contemporary works, Shen Wei also brings these influences to his painting and filmmaking. A concise, elegant exhibition entitled “Shen Wei: Painting in Motion,” on view at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum through June 20, 2021, is the first North American exhibition to present Shen Wei’s work across media.
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‘Black Voices Boston’ showcases personal experiences through storytelling and movement
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‘Black Voices Boston’ showcases personal experiences through storytelling and movement
“Black Voices Boston: Our Stories in Words and Movement” makes its world premiere on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 7:00 p.m. The free online event is a collaboration between Afro-Colombian dance company Sankofa Danzafro and the Celebrity Series of Boston.
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‘Arts for All!’ community concert series highlights local artists
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‘Arts for All!’ community concert series highlights local artists
This fall, Celebrity Series of Boston is staging 11 free, livestreamed community concerts as part of their “Arts for All!” initiative. Every Thursday evening from Sept. 10 to Dec. 17, a different beloved local performer will take the stage to bring hope and tapping feet into Boston homes through music and other art forms.
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Starlight Square safely stages performances, public art
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Starlight Square safely stages performances, public art
Live, socially distanced performances are now taking place under the stars in Central Square. Starlight Square, a parking lot repurposed as a community space, provides a hub for safe public art, performances, markets and dining.
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Step Afrika! virtual performance honors Stono Rebellion
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Step Afrika! virtual performance honors Stono Rebellion
On Wednesday, Sept. 9, ArtsEmerson and Step Afrika! will recognize the 281st anniversary of the Stono Rebellion with the world premiere of “Stono.” The 30-minute digital theater piece brings a dynamic new layer to Step Afrika!’s oeuvre of stage-based performances.
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Hibernian Hall and VLA DANCE launch free classes
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Hibernian Hall and VLA DANCE launch free classes
On Monday, July 6, VLA DANCE and Hibernian Hall launched their “Summer Online Movement Series” providing classes for young people ages 10–15 and adults. The series runs through August 12 with a packed class schedule on both Monday and Wednesday each week. The classes are free and hosted on Zoom, but registration is required.
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Virtual performance series highlights Latinx voices
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Virtual performance series highlights Latinx voices
Four Latinx organizations in Boston — Amplify Latinx, Hyde Square Task Force, Cojuelos’ Productions and Ágora Cultural Architects — have come together to celebrate art and community through their online performance series “Cadencia Latina,” running through July 5.
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Alvin Ailey for all
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Alvin Ailey for all
The Alvin Ailey stage is dark this May, but the new online initiative Ailey All Access brings the famous company and their joyful dances into living rooms all over the country. The platform provides full length streaming performances, dance classes you can take from home and regular interviews with the company members.
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Poet, rapper Oompa brings artists together with #QuarantineDanceChallenge
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Poet, rapper Oompa brings artists together with #QuarantineDanceChallenge
Boston native artist Oompa has been making waves in the local music scene for years. The poet, rapper and educator won the 2018 Unsigned Artist of the Year award from Boston Music Awards and was nominated for an unprecedented six awards total. Now in the age of social distancing Oompa is bringing the community together in a whole new way: through dance.
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