NOTE: This is a 90 minute presentation and discussion.
Early Music Seattle has been engaging in community partnerships with the intention of advancing justice in the arts since 2015. This presentation will offer past collaborations and future plans as case studies in organizational partnering, pointing out successes, missteps, and the challenges of sharing privilege within contexts of institutional racism. Heavily featured will be Seattle’s 2018 performance of Jordi Savall’s Routes of Slavery, with an honest exploration of both the successes and lessons learned. Participants are encouraged to bring potential early music projects to the session for brainstorming and discussion.
The hosts have requested that attendees familiarize themselves with this article before Wednesday's session "EARLY MUSIC SEATTLE: REFLECTING A JUST FUTURE" https://earlymusicseattle.org/early-music-seattle-reflecting-a-just-future/
Gus Denhard has been Executive Director of Early Music Seattle (formerly Early Music Guild) since 2000. He is also a performer on the lute family instruments and a founding member of Trío Guadalevín and the Eurasia Consort. He received the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University's Early Music Institute in lute performance after studies with Thomas Binkley, Paul O'Dette, Lyle Nordstrom, and Nigel North.
Dr. Monica Rojas-Stewart is a cultural anthropologist, community leader, activist, and performing artist originally from Peru. She is Assistant Director of the African Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies Programs at the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies. She is also the Founder and Board Advisor of Movimiento Afrolatino Seattle (MÁS), an organization formed to ensure the sustainability of ongoing cultural and education arts activities focused on Afrolatinos. Dr. Rojas-Stewart served as Artistic Advisor to Early Music Seattle for its 2018 performance of Jordi Savall’s “The Routes of Slavery.”