Fall Arts: Step Afrika

Join Arts Emerson this Fall Virtually: STEP AFRIKA!

This fall, nothing is normal. While the world’s old status quo is gone, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Of course we could do without the masked Corona-virus life, but there is no point waiting for everything to just get back to normal. Instead we must start piecing together a new normal with the arts helping us stay afloat mentally and emotionally. In turn, we can help the keep the arts afloat by donating any small or large amount we can spare. This fall, I definitely need the energy that Step Afrika! puts out.

Photo: Courtesy of Torrey Allen

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Friday, September 4, 2020 at 12:00pm

In Conversation: Step Afrika! and ArtsEmerson


Live ASL interpretation will be provided; captioning will be available in the recording.

Step Afrika! founder and executive director C. Brian Williams joins ArtsEmerson executive director David C. Howse and artistic director David Dower for a conversation about the two arts organizations’ long arc relationship, adapting live performance for digital spaces, and what audiences can expect from Stono and Step Afrika! in the future.

Photo: Courtesy of the New York Times

Pre-register here.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 8:00pm



Guests are encouraged to donate to Step Afrika! to help the organization navigate this unprecedented time and fortify their work to explore digital opportunities ahead.

This virtual premiere will be immediately followed by a live panel discussion moderated by Lesli Foster (Evening Anchor, WUSA) and joined by C. Brian Williams (Founder and Executive Director, Step Afrika!), Dr. Aimee Cox (Associate Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies, Yale University), Kendall Thomas (Nash Professor of Law, Columbia University Law School) and Bruce Teague (Mayor of Iowa City, IA). Panelists will explore the Stono Rebellion and its relevance to issues regarding political protest and structural inequities that dominate American conversations today.

Pre-register here.

Photo: Courtesy of Torrey Allen

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