Juneteenth Cincinnati presents the visual and performing arts series Voices of Freedom at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center

In honor of Black History Month, Juneteenth Cincinnati presents a series of visual and performing arts at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center from February 26 to March 26, 2022.Voices of Freedom explores promise and reality of “freedom” as experienced by those whose lives and destinies were touched by emancipation. This project is made possible by funds from the US City of Cincinnati Bailout, administered by ArtsWave. The centerpiece of the project is an exhibition of new works by 10 artists and 10 poets, curated by Michael Coppage (visual art) and MoPoetry Phillips (poetry). Various regional and national artists have been commissioned to create new works in response to the theme of voices of freedom. Local poets have been commissioned to write poems inspired by each artwork, which will be displayed side-by-side with the artworks in the gallery. established, whose individual practices address the human condition as it relates to Black narratives and experiences. Each individual work is personal but should be seen as part of a larger collective diasporic voice,” Coppage said. “Through their lens, we hope to deliver compelling stories, uncover truths, and define what the current state of liberation is, should be, and could be.” The public is invited to attend a free opening reception for Voices of Freedom on Saturday, February 26 from 6-8 p.m. in the Lindner Annex of KHAC. The poets will perform their poems at 7:30 p.m. Voices of Freedom will also include a series of three performances in March, all taking place at the Lindner Annex of the Kennedy Heights Arts Center. Playing for Freedom will take place on Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. This event will celebrate jazz and its influences with performances by Jazz Renaissance and Deondra Means. The evening will begin with a presentation of South African musical theater Gumboot by acclaimed local actor Means, followed by a lively performance by Jazz Renaissance, an 8-piece band performing modern jazz in many styles including bop, swing and latin. will take place on Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. During this event, the public will experience two unique forms of movement performed by local groups: the dance of praise by the celestial doves and the step dance by the Cincinnati Metro Dance team. Then the viewers will learn some steps themselves. Finally, Singing for Freedom is scheduled for Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. Pianist, singer and songwriter Counterfeit Madison (Sharon Udoh of Columbus, Ohio) will take the stage, performing a tribute to legendary musician Nina Simone. Udoh’s funky yet classic piano playing and soulful, gospel-tinged voice make her a powerful performer. All shows are free, but tickets are required and seating is limited. Book your tickets online here or call 513-631-4278.

In honor of Black History Month, Juneteenth Cincinnati presents a series of visual and performing arts at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center from February 26 to March 26, 2022.

Voices of Freedom explores the promise and reality of ‘freedom’ as experienced by those whose lives and destinies have been touched by emancipation. This project is made possible by funds from the US City of Cincinnati Bailout, administered by ArtsWave.

The centerpiece of the project is an exhibition of new works by 10 artists and 10 poets, curated by Michael Coppage (visual art) and MoPoetry Phillips (poetry). Various regional and national artists have been commissioned to create new works in response to the theme of voices of freedom. Local poets have been commissioned to write poems inspired by each artwork, which will be displayed side-by-side with the artworks in the gallery.

“The exhibition aims to highlight the voices of Black artists working across the country, emerging and established, whose individual practices address the human condition as it relates to Black narratives and experiences. Each individual work is personal but should be seen as part of a larger collective diasporic voice,” Coppage said. “Through their lens, we hope to deliver compelling stories, uncover truths, and define what the current state of liberation is, should be, and could be.”

The public is invited to attend a free opening reception for Voices of Freedom on Saturday, February 26 from 6-8 p.m. in the Lindner Annex of KHAC. Poets will perform their poems at 7:30 p.m.

Voices of Freedom will also include a series of three performances in March, all taking place at the Lindner Annex of the Kennedy Heights Arts Center.

Playing for Freedom is Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.

This event will celebrate jazz and its influences with performances by Jazz Renaissance and Deondra Means. The evening will begin with a presentation of South African musical theater Gumboot by renowned local actor Means, followed by a lively performance by Jazz Renaissance, an 8-piece band performing modern jazz in many styles including bop, swing and Latin.

Dancing for Freedom will take place on Saturday March 19 at 7:30 p.m.

At this event, the public will experience two unique forms of movement performed by local groups: Praise Dance by Heavenly Doves and Step Dance by the Cincinnati Metro Dance team. Then, audience members will learn some of the steps themselves.

Finally, Singing for Freedom is scheduled for Saturday March 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Pianist, singer and songwriter Counterfeit Madison (Sharon Udoh of Columbus, Ohio) will take the stage, performing a tribute to legendary musician Nina Simone. Udoh’s funky yet classic piano playing and soulful, gospel-tinged voice make her a powerful performer.

All shows are free, but tickets are required and seating is limited. Book your tickets online here or call 513-631-4278.