ARCHIVES | Black Arts Chicago: Moves and Movements 2013

From May 30, 2013 to June 1, 2013, the Black Arts Initiative presented its inaugural conference, Black Arts Chicago: Moves and Movements. Of the event, convener Professor E. Patrick Johnson said:

From the opening plenary to the jazz super club, every panel discussion and performance affirmed the deep history of the black arts in Chicago.  It was particularly gratifying to witness the elders drop knowledge about their struggles and triumphs in creating black arts in the various genres in response to a specific political urgency.  It was also moving to see how moved they were by being acknowledged for their contributions.  Even the younger artists and scholars represented how the legacy of the past has impacted their work.  And even our own students, whose performances of literature and gospel were beautifully rendered, speak to the effect this black Chicago art tradition can have our young people.

Below are videos and photos from the conference.


Students performances of literature by Black Chicago Authors,” by Northwestern University undergraduate students from Dr. Jade Huell’s class, at Northwestern University, Friday, May 31, 2013.

Filming While Black in Chicago,” with Christine Acham, Barbara Allen, Pemon Rami, Jacqueline Stewart (moderator), and E. Patrick Johnson (convener), at the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, Saturday, June 1, 2013

This Stage We Call Life: A Black Theater/Performance Roundtable” with Aaron Carter, Renako Jahi, Eugene Useni Perkins, Kemati Porter, Chuck Smith, Jackie Taylor, Val Gray Ward, Avery Young, D. Soyini Madison (moderator), E. Patrick Johnson (convener), and Bill Michael (executive director of the Logan Center), at the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, Saturday, June 1, 2013.