UB Arts Collaboratory Working Artists Lab with Michael Mwenso

Protest, Hope and Resilience Through the Black Arts
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Protest, Hope and Resilience
Through the Black Arts

Fall 2020

Major support is provided by
M&T Bank.

Additional support is provided by Savarino Companies.

 

This fall’s Working Artists Lab centers on the magnetic impresario, Michael Mwenso, of Mwenso and the Shakes, who specializes in musical code-switching, freely adopting and repurposing the drama, whimsy and spirit of the Great American Songbook, African beats, funk, modern jazz, dance pop, Delta blues and cabaret theater with equal, effortless verve. Mwenso will collaborate with UB’s departments of Music and Theatre and Dance on his curriculum, Protest, Hope and Resilience through the Black Arts. The Black Arts have always played a role in American protest, hope and resilience. Michael Mwenso, with a coalition of leading black artists, takes students on a journey that demonstrates how these forms of ultimate human expression have propelled change, currently play a role in the advancement of consciousness, and will be a guiding force to real revolution in the future.

This fall’s Lab is in collaboration with George Caldwell, adjunct instructor, Department of Music and director of jazz ensembles; Thomas Kolor, associate professor, Department of Music and director of percussion ensemble; and Maria S. Horne, associate professor, Department of Theatre and Dance and director of IACE International Artistic and Cultural Exchange Program.

Learn more at ubartscollaboratory.com.