This Week on One Detroit, Arts & Culture
Propelled by the increase of AAPI hate seen across the nation, a new Detroit Institute of Arts project called “Lost Constellations” created by the Asian American Contemporary Performance Art Collaborative puts the AAPI community, particularly women and elders, at the forefront of the conversation. After the fatal mass shootings in Atlanta and Indianapolis, the collaboration of artists wanted to capture the beauty of Asian American women and elders, and speak critically through their art about the society we’re living in.
One Detroit associate producer Will Glover talks to journalist, activist, and poet Frances Kai–Hwa Wang about the poem she wrote to accompany a dance performed by AAPI women for the Lost Constellations project, commissioned by the DIA. Plus, they explore the underrepresentation of the AAPI community in the arts and what can be done to further support it.
Since 1979, when the landscape for music education and arts funding began to dwindle in Chicago, the Merit School of Music stepped in to provide high-quality music education to youth in the area. Since then, the organization has grown to work with approximately 3,000 students in jazz and classical music.
Arts Engines host and University of Michigan professor of arts leadership & entrepreneurship Aaron Dworkin sits down with the Merit School of Music’s President and Executive Director Charles Grode to talk about the challenges present in music education and the importance and impact of collaboration between arts organizations to move the needle forward.
In a nearby Detroit kitchen, Detroit Filipino Supper Club Co-founder Shane Bernardo cooks up connections to Filipino culture, history, and community by sharing traditional Filipino recipes that boil over with ancestral wisdom and the power to heal. It’s a group that formed after Bernardo and another friend began reminiscing about the meals they loved to eat as kids.
One Detroit catches up with Bernardo as he’s preparing a supper club meal to talk about the importance of building spaces for these types of gatherings culturally, socially and politically. Plus, he shares how personal ties to his ancestors help him create new dishes and show the variety of Filipino culture through food.
Dave Bennett Quartet Performs “Eleanor Rigby”
The Dave Bennett, presented by Lake Orion Concert Venue, performs “Eleanor Rigby.”
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