The August Wilson African American Cultural Center Fall 2021 Season Announced
erican Cultural Center Fall 2021 Season Announced
The August Wilson African American Cultural Center announced today details of its fall 2021 season line-up, featuring a broad-range of in-person and virtual music, dance, visual arts programming, and festivals. Led by president and CEO Janis Burley Wilson, the Center is situated in August Wilson's hometown of Pittsburgh and is dedicated to championing current and future innovators in arts and culture.
In addition to the previously announced Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival, kicking off next week (Sept. 17-19) and featuring Chaka Kahn, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Miller, and many others, additional season highlights include:
The world premiere of CIRCLES, a multi-faceted, multi-part visual arts and dance project by STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos, focused on personal and collective expressions of Blackness and self-reclamation (Oct. 9-31);
The Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival featuring gospel and R&B great Mavis Staples (Oct. 1-2);
The renowned Philadelphia Dance Company, celebrating the company's 50th anniversary season (Nov. 13);
Expanded visual arts programs including Danny Simmons: Poems and Paintings, created in response to the past and present American racial landscape, and Derrick Adams: Sanctuary, which draws inspiration from The Negro Motorist Green Book, a Black American road-trippers reference book from the Jim Crow Era (Oct. 15-Jan. 2, 2022);
and the return of Center-favorites TRUTHSayers Speaker Series, Lit Fridays, and AWCommunity Days.
Additional details can be foundhereand below. Please let me know if you are interested in developing coverage of the Center, which is focused exclusively on the African American experience and the arts of the African diaspora, and its dynamic upcoming season. I'd be happy to set up an interview with Burley Wilson to support your coverage.