PathwaysARTS hosts a multi-arts event with past recipients of Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council Grants - for an evening of songwriting, music, artist talks and cultural exchanges.
Black Brook Singers as reps for Aquinnah Cultural Council perform traditional eastern American Indian style singing and dance. Durwood (Woody) Vanderhoop, lead singer, performs with five other members of the group, including a flute song by Carole Vandal. The group also specializes in powwow, and identifies as the “community drum of the Aquinnah people.” Music is influenced by both traditional and modern cultural styles.
Dan Waters performs three original folk songs. Mr. Waters was West Tisbury’s first Poet Laureate, and a recipient of the Martha's Vineyard Creative Living Award.
Holly Alaimo talks about the annual Martha’s Vineyard Wind Festival, her life in the arts, and how the Vineyard has embraced her into the Island’s arts community.
Abby Bender, Director of Built of Stilts, talks about the popular annual community dance festival, with images of highlights over the years. She encourages questions from the audience about participation, and shares insider stories about the “method behind the madness.” There is also a chance of a 5min (or less) live solo or duet.
Christina Montoya talks about the subject of “cultural appropriation,” in the context of her personal experiences studying and teaching dance forms originating from cultures other than her own. She reflects on what it means to be a “guest” in another’s homeland, sharing observations and lessons from her return trip to Cuba in 2017, and a number of dance studios in other countries and cultures, where she learnt what she now teaches to students on the Island.
A new song, or two, from a distant culture will be taught and led by Roberta Kirn, of BeWellSing, for a community sing for everyone to join in.
Friday, November 22 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
9 State Road, Chilmark, MA 02535