Releasing it to the community through performance
Once I hustled together a design, i immediately began contemplating a performance to welcome the piano to the neighborhood it would be sitting on the streets of and contacted the committee and requested the Strand if possible.
Both the Celebrity Series committee and the Strand were gracious.
In this performance, through Joplin’s music, Josephine’s dancing, and spoken word, local artists and myself will be exploring these performance themes:
*History of how ragtime and jazz ushered in a new era of African-American entertainment that resisted the racialized iconography established by minstrel and blackface forms
*Negotiating cultural appropriation in identity creation
*The importance of remembering and learning history in resisting and critiquing contemporized racialized iconography in big media