Montgomery County Community College

1/5: Ninety Miles. Photo by Jimmy Katz.
2/5: Poncho Sanchez and band. Image courtesy of Montgomery County Community College.
3/5: Omar Sosa. Photo by Massimo Mantovani.
4/5: Dobet Gnahoré. Photo courtesy of Montgomery County Community College.
5/5: Baaba Maal. Photo courtesy of Montgomery County Community College.

Over its 18-year history, Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) Lively Arts Series has engaged local and national artists to share their work with the college and surrounding Blue Bell community. In recent years, MCCC has explored the influence of African culture on new world music, with Center-supported projects such as Africa, the Call and Response and Then and Now: Jazz Cubano. The latter is a fall 2013 series of concerts and programs focusing on the Afro-Cuban influence in jazz, featuring Poncho Sanchez’s Cubano Be Cubano Bop, Ninety Miles, and the Omar Sosa Afri-Lectric Experience. MCCC has emerged, along with Bryn Mawr College, as an important venue for performances that are not otherwise available for Philadelphia audiences.

References

Grants & Grantees

Dance artist and writer Lisa Kraus developed ThinkingDance.net, an online project that covers the landscape of dance in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region.

Rajagopalan, associate artistic director and principal dancer of Chicago’s Natya Dance Theatre, discusses her perspective on co-authorship—one that stands in relation to a time-honored form.

Grants & Grantees

Astral Artists celebrated its 20th-anniversary season with a concert of commissioned works by three noted African-American composers: Alvin Singleton, David Sanford, and Evelyn Simpson-Curenton.

Grants & Grantees

Since 1980, Susan Hess Modern Dance has sought to grow the audience for contemporary dance and support independent dance artists in the Philadelphia community.

Bailey’s interpretation of Verdi’s opera, Macbeth, features a South African cast and examines post-colonial central Africa.

Grants & Grantees

Bowerbird presented this festival in 10-day arcs that each focused on one of John Cage’s major musical compositions, providing a concentrated look at Cage’s compositional styles.

In conjunction with the recent Center-funded retrospective, Trisha Brown: In the New Body, we invited author and art critic Douglas Crimp and MoMA PS1’s Peter Eleey to reflect on Brown’s influential choreographic practice.

Free jazz artists William Parker and Muhammad Ali will perform over four nights at the First Unitarian Church Side Chapel, with guest Philadelphia musicians Dave Burrell, Marshall Allen, Bobby Zankel, and Odean Pope.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Claire Tancons is a curator, writer and researcher whose work focuses on carnival, public ceremonial culture, and popular movements.

Center-supported performance projects and exhibitions continue to have successful presentations after their initial premieres in our region.

Grants & Grantees

J. Louise Makary (Pew Fellow, 2013) approaches film as a platform to explore, critique, and dissect narratives and their uses.

John Blake, Jr., a jazz violinist and 2010 Pew Fellow, passed away on August 15, 2014.