February is Black History Month, and the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre is celebrating by offering “Art That Reflects,” a series of virtual performances that pay tribute to the diversity and artistry of African American culture. Offering an outstanding lineup that includes storytelling and theater, as well as vocal, music and dance, the series will be available for free streaming on the Renaissance Centre website and Facebook and YouTube pages.
The complete “Art That Reflects” schedule is provided below:
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m. – Donna Washington (storytelling) is an internationally known, multiple award-winning storyteller, spoken word recording artist, and author. She received the 2002 Parent’s Choice Award for her first independent recording “Live and Learn: The Exploding Frog and Other Stories.” Washington has shared her stories at thousands of venues throughout the country. She will delight you with her stories in this virtual presentation.
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m. – Aya Wallace (vocalist and dancer) is a theatre artist, choreographer, and dance educator. Currently she serves as Adjunct Ballet Professor for NC Central University. Wallace is a triple threat: singer, actor and dancer. She has an impressive resume including performances with Justice Theater Project, Raleigh Little Theatre, Li V Mahob Productions and Wake Forest’s own Forest Moon Theater. Wallace will perform a vocal presentation for this series.
Saturday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. - Brightstar Touring Theatre will present the national touring production of “Let it Shine: American Civil Rights Movement” - an honest and accessible portrayal of the American struggle for civil rights.
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m. – Willie Hinton (dancer) is a dance instructor for City Ballet Raleigh and Willtown Children’s Theater. In addition, Hinton is a company dancer at Philadanco - The Philadelphia Dance Company. He studied at the American Dance Festival and at the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. – Wake Forest resident and "Drum Prophet" Eugene Taylor uses drums to entertain, teach and heal. He shares his talents and music to touch the lives of the patients he routinely transports at UNC Rex Healthcare.
For more information, contact Renaissance Centre Manager Debbie Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view Wake Forest’s full array of Black History Month events and activities, including our Black History Month Honor Roll, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Celebrate Black History.”