The 2021 A.I.M by Kyle Abraham Homecoming Week celebration will take place this year from Oct. 11 to Oct. 15, with a slate of in-person and virtual events planned throughout the period. The week will pay tribute to this year’s honorees: composer Kristopher Bowers and Black Love Inc. & Confluential Films founders Codie Elaine Oliver and Tommy Oliver.
“This year’s Homecoming celebrates Black excellence in all forms, and the perseverance of our existence and survival through the pandemic,” A.I.M Executive Director Sydnie Liggett-Dennis said in a press release. “A.I.M and Kyle’s artistic approach is collaborative in nature, and it’s critically important to ensure our team of dancers and administrators are supported during the uncertain times that we still find ourselves navigating. In addition to raising the funds that allow A.I.M to sustain the individuals who make up this organization, we are thrilled to recognize our honorees, who have utilized their respective platforms to honor the past, acknowledge the present and inspire the future.”
The Homecoming Week begins online Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. Eastern with a silent auction, which will be available through 6 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 15. On Tuesday, join the company for the virtual A.I.M Homecoming Night gala, set to stream for free on the A.I.M website starting at 7 p.m. Eastern. The evening will celebrate this year’s honorees, feature behind-the-scenes footage from A.I.M.’s bubble residency and include introductions by Ashley Chea, Jason Moran, A.I.M dancers and more.
A.I.M. will perform in-person at New York City Center’s “Fall for Dance” program on Oct. 13 and 14, marking the company’s first New York City performance since 2019. More information about the 2021 “Fall for Dance” program, including how to get tickets and COVID-19 protocols, can be found on the New York City Center website.