AT&T Performing Art Center will host a free panel discussion Addressing Issues of Race and Ethnicity through the Arts on Saturday, Jan. 7 in conjunction with Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective’s performance. The panel will address issues of race and ethnicity through artistic practice to include art as social critique, depictions of racial and ethnic identity, and art’s innate ability to unite communities.
Panelists for the Saturday discussion will include Terence Blanchard, composer and trumpeter; Carlos Donjuan, visual artist and Senior Lecturer at University of Texas at Arlington; Janeil Engelstad, Founding Director, Make Art with Purpose; Curtis King, Founder & Director, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Inc.; and David Lozano, Executive Artistic Director, Cara Mía Theatre Co. The panel will precede Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective’s performance at 8:00 p.m.
Blanchard has been overwhelmed by the healing impct his music has had on audiences. His concert in Staten Island was attended by the friends and family of Eric Garner, a man who had been fatally injured during an altercation with police. E-Collective’s debut album, Breathless, is dedicated to Garner. The Saturday concert will be recorded live to include in their next album addressing cities that have been hurt by racial tensions. E-Collective will continue to work with community leaders to host panel discussions addressing diversity and the need for tolerence.
Panel Discussion: Addressing Issues of Race and Ethnicity through the Arts is free and open to the public on Jan. 7 at 3:00 p.m, located in the Skylne Terrace at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. Those wanting to participate, should RSVP here. For more information on the panel discussion, Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective’s performance or the AT&T Performing Art Center, please call 214-880-0202 or visit www.attpac.org.