A free event honoring two major figures in Black dance and arts.
In a turbulent 1968, Celebrity Series of Boston took a chance with a one-night engagement of a dynamic African-American dance company. Choreographer Alvin Ailey’s mission to reflect and promote African-American traditions and art-making took hold in Boston that night. Across town that year, Boston arts educator and social activist Elma Lewis founded the National Center of Afro-American Artists to enhance appreciation for black art forms and their practitioners. It remains the largest independent Black cultural arts institution in New England.
Join us for a FREE event celebrating these groundbreaking cultural leaders in a lively discussion with their friends, colleagues, and some of today’s artists inspired by their work.
Moderated by WGBH’s Callie Crossley
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