Howard Community College’s (HCC) Arts Collective and the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) present “Meeting the Moment: Conversations about the Arts in the Age of Black Lives Matter,” a series of live, virtual conversations on equity, diversity, and inclusiveness in the arts.

Free and open to the public, these conversations will bring together various distinguished writers, actors, visual artists, artistic designers, and administrators who are connected by their present or past work with Arts Collective and HoCoPoLitSo in our community. These powerful conversations, informed directly by current events, will question, examine, and offer strategies for socially responsible work and anti-racist practices in the arts.

Each event, moderated by author, essayist, and HoCoPoLitSo Board Member Faye McCray, will include ample opportunity for audience questions and thoughtful responses from the participants.

The conversations will take place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 27; Wednesday, September 30; and Sunday, October 4; and will last approximately 90 minutes. The conversations can be accessed from the Arts Collective Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/artscollectivehcc.

Featured Artists and Conversation Details

Moderator: Faye McCray

ASL Interpreters: Billy Sanders and Djuan A. Snowden

Conversation #1 – The Creative Process: Sunday, September 27, 7–8:30 p.m.

Featuring: NJ Agwuna, Hayes Davis, Tara Hart, Nana Owusu-Nkwantabisa, Aly Tu, and Sierra Young

Conversation #2 – Inclusion: Wednesday, September 30, 7–8:30 p.m.

Featuring: St. Johnn Blondell, Jamar Brown, Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Tey Harper, Alan King, and Laura Yoo

Conversation #3 – Representation: Sunday, October 4, 7–8:30 p.m.

Featuring: Chania Hudson, Cija Jefferson, Julie Jones, Steven Leyva, Shawn Sebastian Naar, and Michael Wood

Creatives:

Producing Artistic Director: S. G. Kramer

Virtual Creative Team: Tara Hart, Julie Jones, S.G. Kramer, Faye McCray, Emma K. McDonnell, and Laura Yoo

Event Technology Consultant: Julie Jones

Graphic Design: Emma K. McDonnell

Crew Support: Daniel Johnston and Sarah Luckadoo

About HoCoPoLitSo:

The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, known as HoCoPoLitSo, is a community nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate appreciation for contemporary poetry and literature, celebrate a culturally diverse literary heritage, and broaden exposure to the literary arts.

About HCC’s Arts Collective:

Howard Community College’s critically acclaimed Arts Collective engages performers, creatives, and audiences with innovative events that ignite our collective imaginations. For over two decades, Arts Collective has served as a creative cauldron, providing expert guidance and training to new and experienced artists in bringing vibrant life to diverse works on the stage; from the newly devised to the classics and all in between. Arts Collective’s positive, collaborative, educational environment is open to everyone.

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