Programing from the 2014 edition of the Days of Art and Ideas (Photo courtesy of MAPP International Productions)
NEW YORK, August 20, 2014- Non-profit producing organization MAPP International Productions joins Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts to present the latest installment of Days of Art and Ideas, a weekend-long festival celebrating art and civic engagement. Conceived by Harlem-born artist, activist, academic, and long-time MAPP International-collaborator Sekou Sundiata (1948-2007), the festival examines the roles that art and artists play in advancing important dialogues and affecting societal change.
Days of Art and Ideas is an ongoing annual program of MAPP International, intended to showcase emerging and established artists while engaging diverse communities in activities focused on the intersection of artistic practice and civic engagement. Curated by playwright and performer Will Power, and Eugene Lang College professors Cecilia Rubino and Brian Lewis, this edition of Days of Art and Ideas explores Sundiata’s ‘research-to-performance’ methodology through workshops, panel discussions, film screenings, and staged readings, and the WeDaPeople’s Cabaret – a multidisciplinary celebration of the power of arts and community.
Read on for a more detailed schedule of the weekend’s events:
September 11, 6-9pm (Wollman Hall) – finding the 51st (dream) state – a film screening of a 30-minute documentary film about Sundiata’s creative process and research methods in the development of his 2006 theater piece, the 51st (dream) state. The film-screening will be followed by a community discussion led by The Woody Guthrie Foundation, The Idiot Brigade, and a public panel led by Will Power, Cecilia Rubino, and Brian Lewis.
September 12, 7:30pm (Tishman Auditorium) – Thinking Out Loud – excerpts of three plays by Liza Jessie Peterson (The Peculiar Patriot), Yadira De La Riva (One Journey), and Marc Wolf (Another American: Asking & Telling) examine critical issues of our time, and culminate in a panel discussion with the playwrights and performers, moderated by MAPP International’s Rasu Jilani.
September 13, 7pm (Tishman Auditorium) – WeDaPeople’s Cabaret – a culminating event and celebration featuring music by Burnt Sugar, Ahmed Abdullah, Wishes and Thieves and DJ Reborn; spoken word from Climbing Poetry, Ramya Ramana, Poets Dasia Carr, Lady Logic and Jakeem Powell; theatrical performances from Paloma McGregor and more.
The festival is free, but seating is first-come, first-served. Please visit The New School Event Calendar for more information.
Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts is a seminar-style liberal arts college located in New York City that was established in 1985. Remaining faithful to its founding philosophy, Eugene Lang College grew out of a highly progressive freshman-year program developed at The New School in 1973. Lang offers intensive liberal arts study as well as a faculty committed to teaching undergraduates in an interdisciplinary context. Areas of study include religious studies, urban studies, social inquiry, interdisciplinary science, culture and media, literary studies, the arts, philosophy, psychology, economics, and environmental studies. For more information, visit http://www.newschool.edu/lang.
MAPP International Productions is a nonprofit producing and touring organization dedicated to engaging audiences through contemporary performing arts projects and artistic experiences that offer fresh interpretations of social issues and forge connections between the artist and the community. Established in 1994 by Ann Rosenthal, and co-directed with Cathy Zimmerman since 1998, MAPP International is recognized for producing non-traditional artists who tackle complex subject matter, experiment with form and push the cultural conversation forward in society. Since its founding, MAPP International has produced 33 new works involving more than 300 artists in 42 U.S. states and 16 countries. MAPP International has also introduced the U.S. public to artists from 25 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and the Caribbean.
Artist bios and digital images available upon request.