Co-presented by
The Providence Athenaeum and FirstWorks

June 12, 2015, 5:30-7:30 PM – Peerless Lofts
150 Union St, Providence

Featuring internationally heralded Festival performers/humanitarian activists Angélique Kidjo and Oumou Sangaré along with local leaders in the arts, education, and community health.

Join us for a conversation examining the varying roles played by the arts and cultural traditions in creating personal and communal life, particularly for girls and women, around the world today, and to consider the ways that arts leaders can function as cultural innovators.

Reception from 5:30-6 PM, with program to follow.

Taking part in the lively conversation are:

Angélique Kidjo: West African singer/songwriter and UNICEF International Goodwill Ambassador
Angélique will perform at the Festival Saturday, June 13, at 9 PM, details here.

Oumou Sangaré: Grammy Award-winning Malian Wassoulou musician, “The Songbird of Wassoulou”
Oumou will perform at the Festival Saturday, June 13 at 11 PM, details here.

Dannie Catherine Ritchie, MD, MPH: Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Brown University

Emily Ustach: Director of Programs, New Urban Arts, a nationally-recognized community arts studio for high school students and emerging artists in Providence

Henrietta White-Holder: Founder and CEO, Higher Ground International, a non-profit NGO dedicated to providing economic empowerment and sustainability to women and youth affected by civil war in West Africa, Liberia and Sierra Leone; and those who have immigrated to Rhode Island

Moderators are:

Valerie Tutson: Storyteller, founding member of the Rhode Island Black Storytellers, director of FUNDA FEST: An Annual Celebration of Black Storytelling, and FirstWorks Board member

Christina Bevilacqua: Director of Programs and Public Engagement at the Providence Athenaeum

Visit the community portal for information and ideas about how to participate. You’ll find a call for public art, opportunities to perform, and a request for programming at local venues. Stay tuned for more details!