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The Inter-View

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As part of Practices for Slow Encounters: A Festival for Camera & Body, the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents The Inter-View. Over the course of this collaboration between Jules Rosskam and Cori Olinghouse, ‘the interview’ surfaced as a character, slipping through multiple sites and manifestations. Moving between witness, listener, antagonist, manipulator, interrogator, oral historian, journalist, therapist, and hypnotist they look closely at a range of interview forms and strategies.

Art & Identity

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The Gallery at OCA Mocha presents presents Art & Identity, an exhibition featuring works by area artists, opening on March 16 and continuing through April 27. We all have a reason for making art, This exhibition aims to expand on the reasons why artists choose to make art and explore the artists identity. Through this exhibit we want to offer artists the opportunity to present pieces that express what art means to them, art that tells their story, or pieces that reflect the identity of the artist.

15th Annual Arts Integration Conference — Session 2

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The Department of Education at UMBC, in collaboration with Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS), is proud to offer the 15th Annual Arts Integration Conference as a reflection of our commitment to support all teachers to optimize instructions through arts integration. This year, the conference has transitioned to a free and virtual series with eight events, beginning on March 4 and continuing through May 20. On March 18, the conference continues with two simultaneous sessions: Creatively Moving Through Social Emotional Learning: Feelings and Awareness, presented by Jessica DiLorenzo, and Standing in a Character's Shoes: Deeper Meaning Through Dramatic Monologues, presented by Mary Hall Surface.

15th Annual Arts Integration Conference — Session 3

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The Department of Education at UMBC, in collaboration with Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS), is proud to offer the 15th Annual Arts Integration Conference as a reflection of our commitment to support all teachers to optimize instructions through arts integration. On March 25, the conference continues with two simultaneous sessions: Collage Connections: Creating Meaning of Text through Collage by Kimberly Brown, and When I say poetry you say rocks: Introduction to slam poetry by Regie Cabo.

Lisa Cella: The Low Flutes Project

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The Department of Music presents flutist Lisa Cella, who will perform a concert of recent compositions for alto and bass flute, including works by Florence Anna Maunders, João Pedro Oliveira, Philip Czapłowski, and Stephen de Filippo.

CIRCA Presents: Pamela Z Artist Talk

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The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents an artist talk by Pamela Z. Through video and audio examples and live demonstration, composer/performer and interdisciplinary artist Pamela Z will share her work and her process and will discuss the increasingly blurred lines between disciplines in her practice.

Slavery, Warfare, and Rebellion in the Caribbean

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The Social Sciences Forum presents the Low Lecture, a discussion on Slavery, Warfare, and Rebellion in the Caribbean between Vincent Brown, Charles Warren Professor of American History and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University, and Marjoleine Kars, Associate Professor of History, UMBC. The conversation will be moderated by Sharika Crawford, Associate Professor of History, U.S. Naval Academy.

End of the Road

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The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents End of the Road, featuring photography by Brea Sounders and poetry by Lia Purpura, opening on April 1 and closing April 30. Souders began making the photographs that comprise End of the Road in March 2020 after relocating from Brooklyn to rural upstate New York. The black-and-white photographs capture candid glimpses of visitors walking to the cul-de-sac at the end of a gravel road viewed through the mesh of Souders’ screen door or through curtains of leaves and branches. Her subjects variously walk, rest, hold hands, kiss, and stop to reflect, completing a series of ordinary actions during an extraordinary year. The images are presented alongside writing by UMBC writer-in-residence Lia Purpura from her book It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful.

15th Annual Arts Integration Conference — Community Event

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The Department of Education at UMBC, in collaboration with Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS), is proud to offer the 15th Annual Arts Integration Conference as a reflection of our commitment to support all teachers to optimize instructions through arts integration. This year, the conference has transitioned to a free and virtual series with eight events, beginning on March 4 and continuing through May 20. On April 1, the conference continues with a special Community Event, in which Nancy Holter and Alisha Marchewka will explore Baltimore murals.

CIRCA Presents: Pamela Z in Performance

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The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Pamela Z, who will perform Other Rooms, a program consisting of short solo works for voice, real-time electronic processing, sampled sounds, wireless gesture controllers. The performance, which will combine composed works with a few improvisational pieces, will include stand-alone concert-works as well as excerpts from her larger intermedia performance works.

CompWire

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CompWire, a festival of new music and UMBC student composers, features composer-in residence Sofia Kamayianni, the Strata and Voyager ensembles, the Frisof/Pesca Duo, eight senior recitals in one weekend, and more than 25 premiere performances.

MEMS Colloquium: “Listeners as Players, Music As Play”

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The Medieval and Early Modern Studies minor of UMBC's Department of History hosts Elizabeth Randell Upton, associate professor of musicology at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, whose primary research area is medieval music. Her recent work examines late fourteenth and early fifteenth century vocal music to discover evidence for the experiences of performers and listeners in the medieval past, recorded in surviving musical notation.

Strata — Concert One

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The Department of Music presents the Strata ensemble in the first of two performance, featuring works by Béla Bartók, Carl Reinecke, Rebecca Clarke, and John B. Hedges. A second performance on April 9 will highlight works by UMBC student composers.

Strata — Concert Two

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The Department of Music presents the Strata ensemble in the second of two performances, featuring works by UMBC student composers. (The first performance on April 8 features works by Béla Bartók, Carl Reinecke, Rebecca Clarke, and John Hedges.)

CAHSS Spotlight Virtual Event

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A College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) Spotlight Event will present "Amidst Great Change: Why a Career in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences is Rewarding and Valuable." This conversation, moderated by Charles "Tot" Woolston, will feature Ana Maria Schwartz Caballero, Vin Grabill, Nancy Miller, Derek Musgrove, and Jason Schiffman.

Alternative Venues in the Visual and Performing Arts

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The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Alternative Venues in the Visual and Performing Arts: Innovative ways to bring art to audiences. The Covid-19 pandemic has been devastating for the arts in many ways, leading to postponements, cancellations, and the closing of arts venues. But it has also inspired ingenious alternative ways to bring art to audiences. This panel brings together the people behind four compelling examples, encompassing dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts.

The Japanese Connection

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The Voyager Ensemble returns to UMBC with The Japanese Connection, featuring musicians and music from Japan! The program celebrates old and new works from Japan, with timeless classic A Way a Lone for string quartet by Toru Takemitsu as well as a world-premiere by Yuriko Hase Kojima, a string quartet based on landscape installation Sunken Garden by the legendary Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi. A special guest artist, James Nyoraku Schlefer, will join the ensemble on shakuhachi (Japanese wooden flute), bringing his own composition 2 Blue for shakuhachi and viola.

Frisof/Pesca Duo: Beauty Crying Forth

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The Frisof/Pesca Duo, featuring flutist Sarah Frisof and pianist Daniel Pesca, present Beauty Crying Forth: Flute Music by Women Across Time, featuring repertoire spanning one and half centuries for flute by female composers, including music by Clara Schumann, Lili Boulanger, Tania León, Shulamit Ran, and Amy Williams. Frisof and Pesca will chart two parallel lineages: the evolution of flute repertoire from the Romantic era to the current day, and the overlooked role of female composers in shaping that repertoire.

DaMaris B. Hill: “A Bound Woman?”

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The Humanities Forum presents DaMaris B. Hill, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, English, and African American Studies, University of Kentucky, who will read from and speak about her poetry collection, A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing, a narrative-in-verse that bears witness to American women of color burdened by incarceration. For her talk, Hill will be in conversation with Keegan Cook Finberg, assistant professor of English, and affiliate faculty in Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies and Language, Literacy & Culture.

Brea Sounders Artist Talk with Lia Purpura

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In conjunction with the exhibition End of the Road, the Library Gallery presents a Virtual Artist’s Talk: Brea Souders and Lia Purpura in Conversation. Brea Souders, whose work is on display, is a visual artist working primarily with photography; Lia Purpura is writer in residence at UMBC.

CIRCA Presents: Marnie Ellen Hertzler and Corey Hughes

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The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Marnie Ellen Hertzler and Corey Hughes. Hertzler is a video artist, animator and filmmaker working in experimental narrative and hybrid documentary; Hughes is director and cinematographer traversing narrative, documentary and experimental realms. The two will discuss their individual work as well as their director-cinematographer collaborations.

Ruth Wilson Gilmore: “Making Abolition Geographies”

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The Humanities Forum presents the Annual Daphne Harrison Lecture, featuring Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, the Graduate Center, City University of New York, who will speak on Making Abolition Geographies: Social Justice Organizing for Vulnerable Households, Workers, and Communities.

UMBC Chamber Players

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The Department of Music presents the UMBC Chamber Players under the direction of Airi Yoshioka. Students in the Chamber Players perform a wide variety of instrumental chamber works, ranging from Baroque, Classical, Romantic to contemporary repertoire.

Roberto Dyea (Pueblo of Laguna and Mesita) Artist Talk

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Please join us for an artist talk by Roberto M. Dyea (Tsi YOO Nah in Native Laguna Pueblo), who has come from a long way home from Barstow, California. In April 2019, he proudly earned his Bachelor's Degree in Studio Arts at the University of Redlands, becoming the first generation in his family to earn a BA degree.

Noelle Mason: “Contact with the Screen”

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The Department of Visual Arts presents an artist talk by Noelle Mason, who will speak on "Contact with the Screen." In her multi-media work, the artist focuses on the subtle seductiveness of power facilitated by institutionalized systems of visual control, the insufficiency of images to communicate experiential layers of meaning, and the disruptive effects of such control on our responses to increasingly traumatic rifts in the American cultural fabric.

Scarcely one without defect: Imagined Beauty in Venice

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Please join us for a Mini MEMS Lunch and Learn with Paula Maust, who will speak on "Scarcely one without defect: Imagined Beauty in Venice." Her talk will explore the 18th-century Venetian institution Ospedali Grandi, at which women with disabilities became outstanding musicians, although they performed behind latticed screens, hidden from view.

SPARK IV: A New World? — Opening Reception

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Please join us for the virtual Opening Reception of SPARK IV: A New World? — a popup gallery featuring works by UMBC and Towson University artists, presented in partnership with Maryland Art Place (MAP) and through the generous sponsorship of PNC Bank. 

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