Kennedy Heights Arts Center in partnership with Juneteenth Cincinnati presents A Celebration of the Harlem Renaissance, highlighting the artistic and cultural achievements and enduring legacy of this era through an art exhibition, poetry reading, dance and jazz performances.
Project website: www.renaissanceincincy.org
Artworks, artist statements & bios, and historical panels from the art exhibition, and videos of all performances for viewing on demand are accessible through the project’s website. Art activities for students and curriculum for teachers are available for free download on the project website, as well.
An Evening of Jazz
Cincinnati Public Schools jazz faculty and prominent local jazz artists perform music of the Harlem Renaissance. Legendary jazz selections such as Duke Ellington’s Mood Indigo and Caravan and Fats Waller’s Ain’t Misbehavin’ will be performed.
At Home in Harlem hosted by Jennie Wright
Poet and performer Jennie Wright will host At Home in Harlem, an immersive poetry experience and open mic via Zoom. Local poets will read their work; and adult and teen poets are invited to sign up for a time slot to read during the open mic.
Revolution Dance Theatre | Resilience: Rising to Renaissance
Revolution Dance Theatre celebrates the spirit of African American excellence and the legacy of African American resilience in this dance tribute to the Harlem Renaissance. In this spirited work, RDT showcases the incredible artistic contributions made by African Americans against the backdrop of Jim Crow, racial disparity, and inequality in America.
CPS Students Perform Music of the Harlem Renaissance
The Cincinnati Public Schools Elementary Jazz Orchestra and the Middle School Jazz Orchestra directed by Dr. Isidore Rudnick present a musical tribute to the great Harlem Renaissance musicians Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, and Billie Holiday. The orchestras will be joined by special guest artist, brilliant Louisville saxophonist, Ron Jones.