Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy Kwanzaa! 2011 from the Bronzeville Arts Blog!

Celebration of the First Fruits - KWANZAA

Hartzell Church Harvest Festival in Bronzeville

The Nguzu Saba - The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa National Stamp issued 2011 USPO


Places to celebrate KWANZAA in Bronzeville and in Chicago

Take your family and friends! All are welcome to:

Celebrate...Lighting of the KWANZAA KINARA at the Du Sable Museum

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Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, in the partnership with the Bolozi Wazee/Shule Ya Watoto (Council of Elders)

are hosting the 17th Annual Kwanzaa Observance,

December 26, 2011 to January 1, 2012,

the largest seven‐day celebration of Kwanzaa held at an institution of higher learning in the country.

The week‐long event is free and open to the public and features live entertainment, cultural activities and an African Market.

(Merchandise – 1st Floor and Food court – 2nd Floor).

Doors open 10:00 a.m. daily; program begins at 12:00 p.m.

The 2011 Kwanzaa Observance calendar is the following:

Monday, December 26 ‐ Umoja (Unity)

program begins at Noon; followed by cultural lineup

Najwa Dance Corps

Kwame Steve Cobb and Chavunduka

Charles “Rick” Heath

Tuesday, December 27 – Kujichagulia (Self‐determination)

program begins at Noon

special tribute day to Baba Hannibal Tirus Afrik and Mzee Koumba; followed by cultural lineup

Kaotic Drumline

Walter King Jr. “Spellbinder

Julia Huff

Wednesday, December 28 – Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)

program begins at Noon; Enstoolment of Elders day; followed by cultural lineup

Armen Rah;

Joan Collaso

Thursday, December 29 - Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)

program begins at Noon; followed by cultural lineup

Darrell Wilson “Sax Preacher"

Ayrie King III "Mr. Taps;"

Ugochi Nwangwugwu

Friday, December 30 – Nia (Purpose)

program begins at Noon; followed by cultural lineup

Fred Baker’s West Indian Folk Dance Company

Prince Ravanna Bey/Kerry Wills and the “Thunder Sky Drummers”

Corey Wilkes

Saturday, December 31 – Kuumba (Creativity)

program begins at Noon; followed by cultural lineup

Maggie Brown

Bill McFarland: Ayogele

the Chicago Horns

Sunday, January 1 – Imani (Faith)

program begins at Noon; followed by cultural lineup:

African Fashion Show

(Coordinated by the Monarch Awards Foundation of Xi Nu Omega

Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.);

Dee Alexander

M.A.D.D. Rhythms; Ari Brown Quartet;

Minianka African Dance and Drum Ensemble

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Spiritual Art from Bronzeville - The Visonary Charts of Rev Samuel David Phillips

Reverend Samuel David Phillips (l) uses his unique charts to express his visions of the scriptures.
Scrolls by Reverend Samuel David Phillips on display at a Gallery Art Exhibit.

In Bronzeville, the visuals arts are expressed in many ways including museum art, art exhibits, murals, public art sculptures and structural monuments. We see the architectural beauty in the design of our churches but what about the art expressed in our spiritual realm such as scripture?

One man who expressed his work of his ministry and the scriptures of the Bible was the late Reverend Samuel David Phillips, co-pastor and artist of The Progressive Pentecostal Mission, which was located at 43rd and State Street from the 1940's through the 1960's.

The late Reverend Samuel David Phillips presented his visionary Biblical based sermons to his church members and students of the Pentecostal vision. Rev. Phillips viewed the charts as the work of God flowing through him in an effort to reach and teach more people during the period of the Great Migration.

His art is presented on huge life size scrolls which vividly bring the stories of scriptures to life in the form of colorful, expressive and powerful drawings. These charts reveal Reverend Phillips' intense artistic vision of the Bible's apocalyptic revelations. His works have been presented in major art exhibits in the nation and one of his charts is part of the the permanent collection of The Intuit Center for Intuitive Art in Chicago.

The Lindsay Gallery will be showcasing a selection of important charts by the late Rev. Samuel David Phillips at the Outsider Art Fair in January, 2012 in NYC.

To learn more about this unique spiritual and visual legacy and its ties to Bronzeville visit:

Monday, December 5, 2011

CHINA: Jungle Film Premiere - A Hip Hop ChicaGO Project

The China Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International,
in collaboration with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture,
is proud to present the Chicago premiere of Jungle - A Hip Hop ChicaGO Project.

Sengvilay Aphay, aka "Kid Jungle", began a new life when his family moved from Laos to Rockford, Illinois.
Against his parents' will, he started break dancing. Kid Jungle soon realized that he had the skills to pursue a career as a dancer. Achieving fame at an early age had it consequences. Kid Jungle fathered a child at a young age. Lost and confused, Kid Jungle could only think of one way to escape - to run away and leave everything behind.
A life changing opportunity came. Kid Jungle was cast as the dance director for a group of Chicago Hip Hop dancers that would perform at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Would this be the big break that he was looking for?

Tuesday, December 6
Chicago Cultural Center - Claudia Cassidy Theater
77 East Randolph Street
6 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

Click here for more information.