June 6, 2023

Wayne State University to present Juneteenth Celebration of Black Art: Performance Showcase

Jazz performer Vincent Chandler, Assistant Professor of Teaching in Jazz Studies, will be among those featured in the Juneteenth Celebration of Black Art: Performance Showcase

Wayne State University will host the Juneteenth Celebration of Black Art: Performance Showcase at 11 a.m. on June 14 in the Bernath Auditorium of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library.

The showcase will offer an afternoon of “edutainment,” with artists delivering a compelling blend of education and entertainment. Performers and presenters will explore how visual and performing art grounded in African American tradition serves as a vehicle for cultural expression and healing.

Vocalist, dancer and assistant professor Dr. RAS MIKEY Courtney

The event will commence with a series of thought-provoking presentations about the transformative power of art and will highlight art forms ranging from spoken word to dance, film to jazz, and visual art to poetry.

The showcase will feature a litany of local talent, including emcee and vocalist Ryan Rutley, performance artist Alesyn McCall, vocalist and dancer Dr. RAS Mikey Courtney, filmmaker Juanita Anderson, jazz musician Vincent Chandler, visual artist Anne-Michelle Meeks, and poet Tynique Shaw.

Performance artist and WSU promotions/outreach supervisor Alesyn McCall

In addition, the university will present the prestigious Community Impact Award to Detroit native Jessica Care Moore, an acclaimed author, poet and performance artist who also attended Wayne State. The award recognizes her outstanding contributions to the African American community and her significant influence in the world of literature.

Award-winning filmmaker Juanita Anderson, Associate Professor and Area Head, Media Arts and Studies

“The Juneteenth Celebration of Black Art: Performance Showcase promises to be a vibrant and inspiring celebration of the richness and diversity of African American culture,” showcase organizer Tuoanyene Natt Sims said. “The university is thrilled to be part of this opportunity to honor talented artists, promote cultural expression and foster healing within our community.”

Admission to the Juneteenth Celebration of Black Art: Performance Showcase is free and open to the public.

For media and others seeking more information about the event, please contact Tuoanyene Natt Sims at An6996@wayne.edu.

For more about other Juneteenth events at Wayne State, visit https://diversity.wayne.edu/education-training/juneteenth

About Wayne State University
Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan. Committed to academic excellence and community engagement, the university provides a diverse and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff.


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