Belinda Becker reviews DanceAfrica 2015 at Brooklyn Academy of Music. This episode discusses dance across the African diaspora, including Haiti, Brazil and Cuba. She also talks about warrior dances, Black Lives Matter, and resistance. Performance by Afro-Brazilian dance troupe Balé Folclórico da Bahia.
Lauren Chief Elk reviews “The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She discusses beadwork, headdresses, and representations of Natives. Chief Elk is a Nakoda/Lakota writer, data artist, and co-founder of the Save Wiyabi Project.
Earlier this week, I was able to attend the fall Cool Culture fair. Cool Culture is an organization that works with Head Start families to increase access to the arts. Founded by two dynamic educators, the organization has welcomed 50,000 underserved families in the New York City area to various cultural institutions. The organization uses a network of community liaisons to break down visitation barriers and provide free visits to New York’s cultural gems. This week’s fair was a chance for the Cool Culture stakeholders—child educators, community liaisons, and cultural organizations—to share best practices and highlights.