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Conversation Cafe: Community, What Will Grow Here?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Conversation Cafe: Community, What Will Grow Here?

Join us in a conversation!

The CAC’s popular Conversation Café series continues on May 28thwith Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Victor Garcia discussing community change. Joseph is a poet, dancer, art activist, Director of Performing Arts at YBCA and Creator of red, black & GREEN: a blues (rbGb). Joseph’s hybrid performance rbGb, which premiers in Cincinnati on May 30th and 31st, explores Black America through conversations on race, class, culture and the environment. Garcia is the founding director of Trauma Services of Children’s Hospital and founder of CoreChange, a non-profit organization dedicated to complimenting regional planning efforts through community engagement, a speaker series and working groups. Together they will explore definitions of sustainable living and how to unite community- both nationally and here in Cincinnati.

Conversation Café: Community, What Will Grow Here?
Wednesday, May 28th 6-8pm
$10 Members, $15 Non-Members, Includes a light meal, wine and beer

Inspired by the exhibition Buildering: Misbehaving the City, our conversation will explore how an artist and a surgeon can impact a community. Conversation Café begins with a brief tour of the Buildering exhibition and the set for red, black & Green: a blues (rbGb). After that, we move to the Black Box Theatre for an intimate conversation moderated by Peter Block over dinner and drinks.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one of America's vital voices in performance, arts education, and artistic curation. In the Fall of 2007, Bamuthi graced the cover of Smithsonian Magazine after being named one of America's Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences. He is the artistic director of the 7-part HBO documentary "Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices" and an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship (2006), which annually recognizes 50 of the country's "greatest living artists". He is the 2011 Alpert Award winner in Theater and in April 2012, he was one of 21 artists to be named to the inaugural class of Doris Duke Artists. Joseph was recently nominated for a 2013 New York Dance & Performance (Bessie) Award in the category of Outstanding Production (of a work stretching the boundaries of a traditional form) for red, black & Green: a blues. He currently serves as Director of Performing Arts at Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.
After appearing on Broadway as a young actor, Joseph has developed several poetically based works for the stage that have toured across the U.S., Europe, and Africa. These include Word Becomes Flesh, Scourge, and the break/s, which co-premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays and the Walker Arts Center in the Spring of 2008. Joseph's Word Becomes Flesh was re-mounted in December 2010 as part of the National Endowment for the Arts' "American Masterpieces" series, and will tour throughout North America and Hawaii through 2013. A gifted and nationally acclaimed educator and essayist, he has lectured at more than 200 colleges and universities, been a popular commentator on National Public Radio, and has carried adjunct professorships at Stanford University, Lehigh University, Mills College, and the University of Wisconsin.

Peter Block is a best-selling author, consultant and citizen of Cincinnati, Ohio. His work is about empowerment, stewardship, chosen accountability, and the reconciliation of community. The most widely known of his books are Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used (1st edition 1980, 3rd edition 2011); Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest (1993) and The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work (1987). Peter serves on the Boards of Cincinnati Classical Public Radio; Elementz, a Hip Hop center for urban youth; and LivePerson, a provider of online engagement solutions. He is on the Advisory Board for the Festival in the Workplace Institute, Bahamas. He is the first Distinguished Consultant-in-Residence at Xavier University.

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