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Civic Salon: City of Change

CIVIC SALON: CITY OF CHANGE

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Live on October 13 at 7:00PM EST

Civic Salon: CITY OF CHANGE
Featuring a keynote by Kamau Ware
Poetry by Savon Bartley
Music by Troy Anthony

Rumor has it New York City is dead. But for those communities who have lived through struggle and sacrifice, the reality is more nuanced and complex. In a moment where systems and structures are being challenged at every level, how have COVID, the economic shutdown, and a summer of protest shaped the cities you know and love? Join Public Forum and Black Gotham Experience founder Kamau Ware as we reflect on what has changed, what remains, and how we can build a future that works for us all.
 

Civic Salons are a community crossroads where artists and audiences can come together to nurture our minds and our bodies. Through songs, poetry, text, and speeches, Civic Salons feature artists, activists, and organizers who are using their voices to create change in their communities. Break bread with your neighbor, raise your voice in song, and leave inspired.

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Live on October 13 at 7:00PM EST

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Kamau Ware

Kamau Ware

Kamau Ware is an award-winning visual artist and storyteller based in New York City. Kamau creates new narratives about the African Diaspora’s history through photography, films, exhibitions and events. He founded the Black Gotham Experience (BGX) in 2010 to illustrate the impact of the African Diaspora through art and walking tours that ask participants to embody historic figures through imagination and empathy. The Black Gotham Experience has been in residence in the Seaport District of Lower Manhattan since 2017, serving as a gallery, event space, and visitor’s center for walking tours. It is also where contemporary artifacts are being created that visualize the rise and fall of the Transatlantic Slave Trade as one global epic from the Black perspective that will populate a graphic novel and exhibition series. 

Through his visual storytelling, Kamau has become a sought after voice, an artist / historian illustrating the erased presence of Black people in the collective consciousness and a creative that fuses aesthetics into shared experiences. Kamau has been commissioned to create original works by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, BRIC Media, the Mile Long Opera, and the first Black history walking tour of New York City Hall by the New York City Public Design Commission. Kamau is currently working on new works for the Apollo Theater, Think Chinatown, Open House New York, and The Shed. Kamau has spoken at SXSW, Yale University, John Hopkins University, the Municipal Archive in Amsterdam, the Public Theater, the Apple flagship store, and has been featured in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Atlas Obscura, Hyperallergic, Curbed, ABC, and NBC.