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Celebrating Diversity: March Multicultural Events in the CCA

The College of Creative Arts is proud to present programming that reflects multicultural and collaborative themes. We encourage you to take part in our many offerings including lectures, artist talks, exhibitions, and performances held on campus throughout March.

Art Museum talks: All are Free and Open to the Public

Nishani Frazier headshotBlack Power No More–Transmutation of An Idea

Monday, March 5  | 10:00 a.m.
Nishani Frazier, Associate Professor, History & Black World Studies

Join us for an explanation of the embrace and cooptation of black pride. Black Power energized the Civil Rights Movement and gave African Americans a new sense of pride.

Tammy Kernodle headshotBuilding Temples for Tomorrow: Langston Hughes & the Shaping of the Political Consciousness of Black Women Artist-Activists

Tuesday, March 6 | noon, brown-bag lunch
Tammy Kernodle, Professor, Music

Explore Hughes’ collaborative projects with singers and composers and how these efforts resulted in the formation of narratives of resistance that parallel the direct action activism that defined the the civil rights struggle of the 1960s. Co-sponsored with Association of Black Faculty and Staff (ABFAS).

Don Tate headshotMy Art Journey

Wednesday, March 7 | 5:30 p.m.
Don Tate, Illustrator

Overnight success does not always happen overnight. In fact, for Don Tate, overnight success took thirty-plus years to attain. This self-described “Longest-coming up-and-comer” will share his journey from reluctant grade-school reader to published illustrator, and then on to becoming an award-winning children’s book author. Funded in part by a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.

Miami University Theatre presents

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We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884–1915

By Jackie Sibblies Drury

March 7, 9-10, 7:30 pm
March 10-11, 2:00 pm
Studio 88 Theatre

Directed by Torie Wiggins

Hailed by critics as “witty and ingenious,” We Are Proud To Present invites us into the rehearsal room with six actors devising a presentation about a little-known genocide in German colonial Africa. Their stormy collaboration questions how histories are written and whose voices are heard. As their exercises unleash deeper emotions, the urgency intensifies to a startling conclusion.

PLEASE NOTE: content is graphic and recommended for mature audiences.

$12 Adult | $9 Senior | $8 Student


Performing Arts Series presents

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The Mountaintop, LA Theatre Works

By Katori Hall

Thursday, March 8 | 7:30 p.m. | Hall Auditorium

Sponsored by The Bothast-Revalee Family of Oxford, Ohio, I Am Miami, Jerome Conley and the Western College Alumnae Association

The year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. Yet, racial tensions remain a challenge for communities everywhere.

In this internationally acclaimed play, playwright Katori Hall fantasizes about what may have transpired in the overnight hours between the legendary civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid. Winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Play, THE MOUNTAINTOP is rife with humor and political jabs along with glimpses at the human side of Martin Luther King Jr. Punctuated by the immortal line, “I’ve been to the mountaintop,” the celebrated Reverend reveals his hopes, regrets, and fears, creating a masterful bridge between mortality and immortality.

Contains some mature language.

$20 Adult | $19 Senior | $10 Youth/Student


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Telling A People’s Story: African-American Children’s Illustrated Literature

Telling A People’s Story looks at African-American cultural and historical identity through the lens of children’s illustrated literature. Featuring more than 100 original artworks from African-American children’s illustrated literature, these works are produced by some of the biggest names in the field. Collectively, the many treasures produced by authors and illustrators contribute to a complex exploration of the African-American experience. Read more about Telling a People's Story »