The 21st Annual Dr. Walter J. Leonard Black Arts Festival:
How we see ourselves, how we see the world and how that impacts what we can imagine for both
Vision & Justice: A Conversation with Tyler Mitchell and Sarah Lewis
Sunday, March 3
3:30 – 5:30 PM
Barker Center, Thompson Room
12 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Black Arts Festival is honored to open this year’s festival entitled “Envision: how we see ourselves, how we see the world, and how that affects what we can imagine for both” with a dialogue between Professor Sarah Lewis and filmmaker and photographer, Tyler Mitchell. Tyler Mitchell continues crossing genres and boundaries in image making as he utilizes the tools of documentary reportage, portraiture, fashion photography, art photography, and filmmaking. In 2015 he self published his first photo book El Paquete which documented architecture and skateboarding scenes in Havana, Cuba. In 2018 he made history as the first black photographer to shoot the cover of American Vogue by shooting Beyoncé for the magazine’s September 2018 issue. Professor Lewis is an Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. This dialogue will focus on topics such as race, justice, and social media as a tool for changing narratives. As Professor Lewis prepares to continues these conversations in her Vision & Justice Convening this April, we will be exploring the question of how have images both limited and liberated our definition of American citizenship and belonging?
Winter Tangerine Writer’s Workshop
Wednesday, March 6
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Farkas Hall 303
12 Holyoke St, Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is an open space where anyone, regardless of experience, has the opportunity to share work, receive feedback, and bond with fellow Black writers on campus. Light refreshments will be provided.
Sing it Sister! Open Mic
Wednesday, March 6
7:30 – 9:30 PM
Cambridge Queen’s Head
45 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Join Kuumba’s Black Arts Festival for its annual, “Sing It, Sister” open mic. “Sing it, Sister” will be an engaging open mic experience celebrating the voices, stories, and experiences of Black women and femmes! Come to share your own stories and creativity, as well as to listen to and uplift the voices of members of our community. Poetry, singing, readings, story-telling, and pretty much any other medium you can think of are highly encouraged! Light refreshments will be served, with meals and alcoholic beverages (21+) available for purchase from the Queen’s Head Pub.