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Democracy, Education, and Advocacy in the Arts

Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 | 6:30 p.m. | Greaves Concert Hall

This session will be discussing how democracy, education, and advocacy are critical for saving the future of the Arts in the United States. From legislation, sources of funding, equity and equality in representation to urban planning and development, the future of the Arts is determined by those who vote, show up, and are ready to learn.

The SOTA Summit Series returns this fall with an interactive, round-table discussion lead by artists whose work explores the ideas of democracy, education, and advocacy in the arts. Join Dr. Daryl Harris as he hosts an engaging conversation with some of Cincinnati's leading artists, students from the NKU School of the Arts, and you! The SOTA Summit Series was created to promote the meaningful discussion of ideas and topics affecting arts disciplines by bringing together students, community members, and working professionals in the arts. Growing together as artists, #sotastrong

Guest Speakers

  • Lauren Carr, Director of Education, Engagement, and Inclusion at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
  • Alessandra Marconi, Dance, Choreographer, and Activist Artist, on tour as Dance Supervisor with Hamilton the Musical
  • Sso-Rha Kang, Director of Galleries and Outreach at NKU School of the Arts

Past Sessions

Spring 2021 Sessions

This three part series focuses on wellness and health resources as it relates to Womxn, LGBTQ+, and BIPOCcommunities in the arts. The past year has made us painfully aware of our personal health and wellness. But what does the term "wellness" actually mean? Is wellness the same for everyone or are specific communities affected in different ways by stress or other health issues.

  • March 30, 7 p.m. "Wellness in the Arts: Womxn in the Arts"
    • Dr. Susannah Coaston (NKU School of Kinesiology, Counseling, and Rehabilitation Science)
    • Meriden McGraw (UC Center for Integrative Healthy and Wellness)
    • Corrie Danieley (Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist (ISMETA) and Certified Teacher of The Alexander Technique (ATI)
  • April 13, 7 p.m. "Wellness in the Arts: Part 2 – LGBTQ+ in the Arts"
  • April 27, 7 p.m. "Wellness in the Arts: Part 3 – BIPOC in the Arts"
    • Renee Henry
    • Dr. Rhyanne McDade, Diversity Post Doctoral Fellow, NKU School of Kinesiology, Counseling, and Rehabilitation Science

Fall 2021 Sessions

  • Oct. 7, 7 p.m. "Experiencing Race in the Arts: Battles and Biases"
    • Gee Horton (visual artist, Mercantile Library’s first African American Artist-in-Residence)
    • Jaime Morales-Matos (music director of Central Ohio Symphony)
    • Darnell Pierre Benjamin (dancer, director, choreographer, educator; Pones; Cincinnati Shakespeare Company)
  • Oct. 28, 7 p.m. "Arts in the Age of 'Me Too': Women in the Arts"
    • Meghan Bennett (classical flautist, NKU Music Faculty)
    • Kim Popa (NKU alumna, Executive Director/Co-Founder of Pones)
    • Kayla Upthegrove (NKU alumna, first African American female jazz saxophonist to work in Greater Cincinnati)
  • Nov. 18, 7 p.m. "Equity and Allyship: LGBTQ+ in the Arts"
    • Emily Borst (NKU alumna, theatre artist)
    • Dan Davidson, a.k.a. Sparkle Leigh ("Swiss Army knife" of an artist)
    • Ronnie Gladden (Diversity & Inclusion Motivational Speaker)
    • Alistair Kraft (editor, American Legal Publishing; Puchcart Prize Nominee)
    • Aleksa Manila (Seattle's sweetheart of social activism, founder of Pride ASIA)