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Through the Eyes of Art

Produced by The BrandKings in collaboration with MoPOP, Through the Eyes of Art is an annual program designed to use art as a language for conversation on issues impacting the Black community.

Through music, dance, spoken word and visual art, this annual program frames these discussions around a new theme each year. The 2019 theme is Simunye, a Zulu word meaning “we are one.” By presenting the stories of differing journeys throughout the African diaspora the evening will look at the relationship between the African and African American experience.

The evening includes access to MoPOP galleries like MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes and Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966–1970.


DETAILS

Event date  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2019
Event time  7:00PM-11:00PM 
Event location  MoPOP

$15 General Admission 
$10 Youth 
$12 MoPOP Members
$8 MoPOP Members Youth


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Through the Eyes of Art will showcase a variety of performances from panel discussions, music and dance performances, and a collection of visual art from local artists.


SPOKEN WORD WITH TIA NACHE

Hear from Seattle’s undisputed champion of spoken word. With award winning pieces, like I Don't Know What It Means to Be a Christian and I AM, Tia Nache projects life in her own unmistakable and seasoned voice.


DANCE PERFORMANCE CHOREOGRAPHED BY DANDY WITH THE SCHOOL OF SPECTRUM DANCE THEATER

Choreographed by dance artists and educators David Rue and Randy Ford, The School of Spectrum Dance Theater students perform a routine that explores and celebrates vernacular and social dances of the African diaspora.


2019 SERVANTHOOD AWARD PRESENTATION TO MAXINE MIMMS

Maxine Mimms

In the spirit of celebrating those in our community that have done incredible work, join us in honoring educator and founder of The Evergreen State College’s Tacoma campus, Maxine Mimms. Mimms’ impact on education is revered both locally and internationally, having worked with schools across the United States and around the world, including Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.


GIFTED GAB

Seattle’s own Gifted Gab has the ability to create complex verses with variety in her sound, ranging from smooth melodies to strong lyrics. She grew up with constant exposure to music. From singing with her mother in the church choir to learning to play the piano at age 6, she quickly developed an affinity for memorizing and reciting rap lyrics. The witty wordsmith finds inspiration in the lyrical genius of artists such as Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Bahamadia and Tupac.

MUSIC BY DRAZE

Born in Seattle, but raised in Zimbabwe since the age of six, hip-hop emcee and musician Draze is a nationally recognized artist and one of the most respected in the Northwest. His music focuses on themes of street life, social justice, and relationships.


“LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING” PERFORMANCE BY JACQUEINE M. COBBS

Jacqueine M. Cobbs performingJacqueine M Cobbs is a published poet, accomplished scholar, writer and renowned and regionally acclaimed saxophonist who will be performing James Weldon Johnson’s Lift Every Voice and Sing. Considered by many to be the “black national anthem”, this song was initially written as a poem and first performed on February 12, 1900, in celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. It became the anthem of the civil rights movement, cementing itself as the soundtrack to the Black experience, a song about perseverance and freedom.


SIMUNYE ART EXHIBIT

Paintings at the art exhibit

Enjoy artwork from some of Seattle’s most talented painters and photographers.


ARTIFACTS FROM THE VAULT

Michael Jackson's sequin jacket and gloveIn addition to access to MoPOP galleries, Michael Jackson's jeweled glove will be on display as well as Tupac's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" handwritten essay composed in 1992.


SCHEDULE

7:15PM  Welcome Remarks
8:00PM  Opening with host Isiah Anderson Jr.
8:05PM  "Lift Every Voice and Sing" Jacqueine M. Cobbs
8:10PM  Spoken Word with Tia Nache
8:20PM  Spectrum Dance Theater
8:30PM  Servanthood Award: Maxine Mimms
8:45PM  Simunye: A Community Conversation
9:30PM  Music by Draze
10:00PM  Music by Gifted Gab

ONGOING ACTIVITIES

7:00PM–11:00PM 
MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes exhibit
Hendrix Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966-1970 exhibit
• Simunye art exhibit
• Artifacts from the vault: Michael Jackson's glove & Tupac's "Give me Liberty or Give Me Death" handwritten essay.

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