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ALL ARTS Talks: Spring/Summer 2020

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Live Virtual Conversations Between Arts and Culture Leaders and Artists Grappling With the Current Issues of Our Time, Including Racial Injustice and the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic


Upcoming live stream on ALL ARTS Facebook, YouTube &

ALL ARTS Talks: A Symphony of Survival on Thursday, August 20 at 7 pm ET


ALL ARTS, the broadcast and digital platform created by The WNET Group, will be hosting virtual conversations with artists and arts leaders as part of its ALL ARTS Talks conversation series addressing current events and their impact on arts and culture.

ALL ARTS Talks: Symphony of Survival will stream live on Thursday, August 20 from 7-8 p.m. ET on the ALL ARTS Facebook and YouTube channels and This conversation will discuss Blackness and art during the pandemic and this time of racial unrest with artists of the Symphony of Survival, a 2020 creative project by Embrace Newark, a Newark Symphony Hall initiative.

Moderated by editor and creative director of Symphony of Survival  and poet, visual artist & author of “Black Girl, Call Home” (Berkley Penguin Random 2021), Jasmine Mans, and featuring multidisciplinary artist, Jillian M. Rock; American poet, writer, and creative artist, LaQuan Ford; Nigerian artist—poet, photojournalist, and scholar, Bimpé Fageyinbo; Brooklyn born Panamanian-American poet and author, K. Desireé Milwood; Newark native and fine art photographer, teaching artist, & filmmaker, Chrystofer Davis; Chair and Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies at New Jersey City University, mixed media artist & poet, Dr. Antoinette Ellis-Williams; writer and public librarian, Maisy Card; and arts administrator, curator & researcher, Kristen J. Owens.

Past Talks

ALL ARTS Talks Recovery: A Global Perspective streamed live on Tuesday, June 23 from 10-11 a.m. ET on the ALL ARTS Facebook and YouTube channels and The conversation will address the global impact the current COVID-19 pandemic has had on the arts and the steps forward toward recovery, including Germany’s arts stimulus package, the current vulnerability of theatre in the UK, the impact of COVID-19 for Ugandan arts groups, and how racial justice protests in the US and parts of Europe have informed how organizations are thinking about their roles and programming going forward. A recording of the June 23 event can be viewed on

Moderated by former president of BAM and member of the ALL ARTS Advisory Board Karen Brooks Hopkins and featuring  executive director of The Laundromat Project, Kemi Ilesanmi; director of culture at the Onassis Foundation, Afroditi Panagiotakou; artistic director of the UK’s National Theatre, Rufus Norris; director of 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust, Teesa Bahana; and artistic director of Hamburg, Germany’s Kampnagel, Amelie Deuflhard.

ALL ARTS Talks: The Wait for Justice streamed live on Thursday, June 4 from 4-5 p.m. ET on the ALL ARTS Facebook and YouTube channels and An all Black panel discusses the current state of racial injustice in the United States and the role arts and culture has played. A recording of the June 4 event can be viewed on

Notes ALL ARTS senior director, Joe Harrell, “Over the past year and a half, ALL ARTS has been intentional about prioritizing marginalized artists and communities through our programming. As an arts presenter, amplifying the voices and stories of artists of color is central to our mission. We hope this conversation between these incredible Black artists highlights a unique perspective on the protests and discussions already taking place around racial injustice in this country.”

Moderated by executive director of RestorationART and The Billie Holiday Theatre and vice president of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Dr. Indira Etwaroo and featuring British-born, Ghanaian playwright, radio host, international award-winning journalist and executive director of the Armah Institute for Emotional Justice, Esther Armah; associate professor of theater at Dartmouth College, former president of Black Theatre Association, award-winning writer and founder of International Summit for Black Theater, Dr. Monica White Ndounou; American poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, actor, director, singer and songwriter, Carl Hancock Rux; and WQXR Host, artistic advisor for The Harlem Chamber Players and board member of the Bagby Foundation and the MacDowell Colony, Terrance McKnight.

ALL ARTS Talks Recovery: The Artists streamed live on Wednesday, May 27 from 4-5 p.m. ET on the ALL ARTS Facebook and YouTube channels and, a live virtual conversation among artists grappling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. A recording of the May 27 event can be viewed on

Moderated by ALL ARTS artistic director Jörn Weisbrodt and featuring playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director, producer and ALL ARTS artist in residence Taylor Mac; composer, co-founder and artistic director of National Sawdust, Paola Prestini; choreographer and founder of Aszure Barton & Artists, Aszure Barton; and author, choreographer, creative director and filmmaker, Du’Bois A’Keen.

ALL ARTS Talks: Arts in Recovery streamed live on Tuesday, May 12 from 4-5 p.m. ET on the ALL ARTS Facebook page and The conversation will address the impact the current COVID-19 pandemic has had on the arts and the steps forward toward recovery. A recording of the May 12 event can be viewed on

Former President of BAM and member of the ALL ARTS Advisory Board Karen Brooks Hopkins will moderate the conversation. Hopkins recently wrote an op-ed for Crain’s New York Business, outlining the need for a “Marshall Plan” to save New York City’s arts community, in which she noted, “As a first step, the field must convene a task force, appointed by the mayor, bringing together a dozen of our organizations’ leaders and most important stakeholders: CEOs and board chairs of arts non-profits, both large and small; representatives from organized labor; individual artists; and community leaders.”

The scheduled conversation will give other arts leaders the opportunity to share their thoughts on how the arts community will weather the impacts of the pandemic, including ALL ARTS Editorial Advisory Board members Anne Pasternak (Brooklyn Museum), James King (Harlem Stage) and Adrian Ellis (AEA Consulting and Global Cultural Districts Network), as well as Dale Franzen (“Hadestown”) and Diane Paulus (American Repertory Theater at Harvard University).


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