Fisk’s 82nd Annual Spring Arts Festival will be held March 24-27, 2011 on the University’s campus. Highlights for this year’s festival will include a full concert by the Fisk Jubilee Singers® , the opening of the Wilson-Thompson Art Collection, a concert and 90th birthday celebration honoring acclaimed pianist and former Jubilee Singers Director Dr. Matthew Kennedy, Fisk Stagecrafters’ presentation of Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls” and Fisk University’s Annual Student Art Exhibit.
The Fisk Jubilee Singers will present a full concert on Friday, March 25th at 6:00p.m. at Clinton B. Fisk Memorial Chapel. Founded in 1871, the Jubilee Singers have long been acknowledged as the world’s premier a capella performers of the Negro Spiritual. Since 2008, the Jubilee Singers have earned two Grammy Nominations and have been awarded the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s most prestigious award for artists and arts patrons. The concert is free and open to the public.
On Saturday, March 26th at 6:00p.m. and Sunday March 27th at 3:00 p.m., The Fisk Stagecrafters will present acclaimed playwright Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.” Shange’s stage play, originally written in 1975, was adapted for the Tyler Perry film of 2010. Admission is $10 at the door for adults and is free for Fisk students with a student I.D.
A 90th birthday celebration and musical extravaganza will honor acclaimed concert pianist and former Jubilee Singers Director Dr. Matthew Kennedy on Sunday, March 27th at 7:00p.m. in Clinton B. Fisk Memorial Chapel. In addition to Kennedy, current and former Jubilee Singers will perform during the event. The concert is free, however, all who attend are encouraged to donate gifts to the Matthew Kennedy Scholarship fund.
Fisk University Galleries will premier “Collecting is Our Legacy: The Wilson-Thompson Collection” on Friday, March 25th at 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday, March 26th at 3:00p.m. The collection’s 48 works include paintings, prints and sculptures by 21 African-American artists including Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett and Jacob Lawrence. The collection is owned and co-curated by former Howard University professor Dorothy Wilson and her son Lamar Wilson. A light reception will be provided. Admission to the gallery is $10 for persons aged 18 to 60 and is free for Fisk students, faculty and staff and youth under 18. Senior admission is $6.
Fisk’s annual student art exhibit “See No Art, Hear No Art, Speak No Art” will open on March 24th in the Aaron Douglas Gallery on the third floor of Fisk’s John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library. Featured student artists and curators are Bobby Bracks, Hunter Sims, Morgan Woods, Velshannae Haynes, Michael Ewing and William Kirkpatrick.
Fisk’s Spring Arts Festival, now in its 82nd year, is one of Nashville’s longest running celebrations of the arts. Featured artists and lecturers in the event’s history have included Langston Hughes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Aaron Douglas and Duke Ellington among others.