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Thursday, February 28, 2019 4:00 PM // Berston Field House

Yo-Yo Ma
Flint Voices: Culture, Community, and Resilience

 

Yo-Yo Ma’s two-day visit and Day of Action concludes with a with a celebration of Flint in a community cultural showcase hosted by Ma at the historic Berston Field House, a 1923 building that offers athletics, arts, education, classes, and social services to Flint community members. The showcase will feature a wide spectrum of performances and presentations that show off Flint’s vitality, diversity, and artistry, and tell Flint’s story in new ways. This event is an open and inclusive community celebration that will include food from Flint Farmers’ Market vendors, an interactive community visual art project, and a live storytelling experience.

Photo by © Mustafah Abdulaziz for the New York Times

PROGRAM

SOUTH GYMNASIUM

Lev Hunter, emcee

Welcome by Tunde Olaniran

University of Michigan-Flint Jazz Combo
Patrick Prouty, director; Precious Williamson-Murray, vocals; Austin Tripp, saxophone; Brandon Sexton, trumpet; Jordan Pavlica, trombone; Andrew Cramer, piano; Warren Lissner, bass; Russ Sauter, drums

Kuungana African Drum and Dance Company of Flint, MI
Kevin Collins, director

Capoeira Dance & Soul
Curtis Steward, Joe Chase, Aaron McCoy-Jacobs

Creative Expressions Dance Studio
Sheila Miller-Graham, director

Spoken Word
David Guster and Lamees Musaid, U-M-Flint students

The Steelheads (Mott Middle College) and The Boys and Girls Club of Flint Steel Band
Michaela Coviak, Te’Onnie Gadison, Krystal Godwin, Kiara Love, Mikayla Maher, Arianna Munn, Elijah Givens-Palmer, Melvin Givens-Palmer, Brendan Johnson, Eboni Taylor, Lucy Rumery, James Coviak, director

Yo-Yo Ma
Cello

El Ballet Folklórico Estudiantil and Flint Mariachi Band
Sue and Alejandro Quintanilla, directors

Dort Honors String Quartet (Flint School of Performing Arts)
Matheu Wong and Kelcey Gardner, violin; Lily Craighead, viola; Katie Forbush, cello; Alesia Byrd Johnson, coach

Tapology
Bruce Bradley, director

 

NORTH GYMNASIUM

Reclaiming Our Story: Arts, Journalism, and Community Resilience
Strong local journalism, like the arts, is vital to healthy communities. Join journalists from Flint Beat and Flintside as they explore the role of arts and resilience in Flint and the necessity of local reporting in maintaining the authenticity of community narratives.
Reporters: Jiquanda Johnson, Flint Beat and Marjory Raymer, Flintside
Sponsored by Wallace House and the Knight-Wallace Fellowships for Journalists, University of Michigan

A Taste of Flint
Food from the Flint Farmers’ Market:
Semi-Sweets
Flour + Eggs
MaMang
Sweet Peaces

“Making Your Mark” Interactive Art Project
Join professional potters Karyn Huebner Konkel from the Flint Institute of Arts and Valorie J. Horton from The Chosen Few Arts Council as they guide you in making creative decorative ceramic tiles.
Presented by The Chosen Few Arts Council

Interactive Art Project
Presented by Factory Two

Bike Blending
Bike blending is a fun and unique way to encourage exercising with immediate gratification. Using three simple tools (a bike, blender, and human power), individuals can exercise, engage with others and receive a reward for their effort.
Presented by the Berston Bicycle Club Project, program coordinator Angela Stamps

PRINCIPAL SPONSOR

  • Office of the Chancellor, University of Michigan–Flint
  • Office of the Provost, University of Michigan–Flint

FUNDED IN PART BY

  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • The Hagerman Foundation
  • Ruth Mott Foundation
  • Many Generous Individuals
2/28/19 4:00 PM
Berston Field House

Yo-Yo Ma
Flint Voices: Culture, Community, and Resilience

DETAILS

Yo-Yo Ma’s two-day visit and Day of Action concludes with a with a celebration of Flint in a community cultural showcase hosted by Ma at the historic Berston Field House, a 1923 building that offers athletics, arts, education, classes, and social services to Flint community members. The showcase will feature a wide spectrum of performances and presentations that show off Flint’s vitality, diversity, and artistry, and tell Flint’s story in new ways. This event is an open and inclusive community celebration that will include food from Flint Farmers’ Market vendors, an interactive community visual art project, and a live storytelling experience.

Photo by © Mustafah Abdulaziz for the New York Times

PROGRAM (Thu 2/28/2019: Berston Field House)

SOUTH GYMNASIUM

Lev Hunter, emcee

Welcome by Tunde Olaniran

University of Michigan-Flint Jazz Combo
Patrick Prouty, director; Precious Williamson-Murray, vocals; Austin Tripp, saxophone; Brandon Sexton, trumpet; Jordan Pavlica, trombone; Andrew Cramer, piano; Warren Lissner, bass; Russ Sauter, drums

Kuungana African Drum and Dance Company of Flint, MI
Kevin Collins, director

Capoeira Dance & Soul
Curtis Steward, Joe Chase, Aaron McCoy-Jacobs

Creative Expressions Dance Studio
Sheila Miller-Graham, director

Spoken Word
David Guster and Lamees Musaid, U-M-Flint students

The Steelheads (Mott Middle College) and The Boys and Girls Club of Flint Steel Band
Michaela Coviak, Te’Onnie Gadison, Krystal Godwin, Kiara Love, Mikayla Maher, Arianna Munn, Elijah Givens-Palmer, Melvin Givens-Palmer, Brendan Johnson, Eboni Taylor, Lucy Rumery, James Coviak, director

Yo-Yo Ma
Cello

El Ballet Folklórico Estudiantil and Flint Mariachi Band
Sue and Alejandro Quintanilla, directors

Dort Honors String Quartet (Flint School of Performing Arts)
Matheu Wong and Kelcey Gardner, violin; Lily Craighead, viola; Katie Forbush, cello; Alesia Byrd Johnson, coach

Tapology
Bruce Bradley, director

 

NORTH GYMNASIUM

Reclaiming Our Story: Arts, Journalism, and Community Resilience
Strong local journalism, like the arts, is vital to healthy communities. Join journalists from Flint Beat and Flintside as they explore the role of arts and resilience in Flint and the necessity of local reporting in maintaining the authenticity of community narratives.
Reporters: Jiquanda Johnson, Flint Beat and Marjory Raymer, Flintside
Sponsored by Wallace House and the Knight-Wallace Fellowships for Journalists, University of Michigan

A Taste of Flint
Food from the Flint Farmers’ Market:
Semi-Sweets
Flour + Eggs
MaMang
Sweet Peaces

“Making Your Mark” Interactive Art Project
Join professional potters Karyn Huebner Konkel from the Flint Institute of Arts and Valorie J. Horton from The Chosen Few Arts Council as they guide you in making creative decorative ceramic tiles.
Presented by The Chosen Few Arts Council

Interactive Art Project
Presented by Factory Two

Bike Blending
Bike blending is a fun and unique way to encourage exercising with immediate gratification. Using three simple tools (a bike, blender, and human power), individuals can exercise, engage with others and receive a reward for their effort.
Presented by the Berston Bicycle Club Project, program coordinator Angela Stamps

SPONSORS

PRINCIPAL SPONSOR

  • Office of the Chancellor, University of Michigan–Flint
  • Office of the Provost, University of Michigan–Flint

FUNDED IN PART BY

  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • The Hagerman Foundation
  • Ruth Mott Foundation
  • Many Generous Individuals
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