Honored Guest African-American Opera Star And Civil Rights Activist Grace Bumbry

As part of the ArtSage Alliance, legendary opera singer and civil rights activist, Grace Bumbry, will be making a visit to John Knox Village.

Grace Bumbry enjoyed a singing career spanning more than 50 years to critical acclaim like: “National treasure, spectacular, spiritual and magnificent,” to name a few.

In February 2020, The ArtSage Alliance and the Broward County community celebrate Black History Month with a multi-day presentation “Into the Future with Courage and Grace,” a diverse series of events honoring yesterday and inspiring tomorrow. February’s special guest of honor will be Grace Bumbry, legendary African-American opera star and civil rights trailblazer.

White House photo of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with Kennedy Center Honorees in the Blue Room of the White House, Dec. 6, 2009. From left; First Lady Michelle Obama, Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen, and President Barack Obama. Image source: Wikimedia Commons.

Plan to attend one or more events on Ms. Bumbry’s schedule.

Conversation With Grace: Feb. 10

On Monday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. the VAS Cultural Arts Enrichment Series, with sponsorship by JKV, presents: “A Conversation with Grace Bumbry,” which will include an interview, discussion and Q&A. Bobby Henry Sr., publisher of Broward County’s oldest and largest African-American owned newspaper, The Westside Gazette, will be the ambassador and moderator. The “Conversation with Grace” will be held at Dillard High School in Ft. Lauderdale. RSVP for complimentary admission to Willie@VenetianArtsSociety.org.

The program will include a video introduction to Ms. Bumbry, an interview and discussion with the students. The topic will center around how the youth of today can “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout history” and effect positive change.

John Knox Village Invites You To Meet Grace Bumbry

The program will then come to the John Knox Village Centre Auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. for a reprise of “A Conversation with Grace Bumbry,” including an interview, discussion and Q&A. While the Monday event at Dillard High School will focus on the students, this Tuesday presentation will emphasize participation from the general audience. Meet and greet Ms. Bumbry from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Next At NSU Art Museum

On Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. VAS presents “Up Close & Personal,™” a tribute to the life and career of Grace Bumbry. The presentation will be joined by David Lee Brewer, international tenor, voice teacher, coach, agent and producer. Ms. Bumbry will be presented as a “2020 VAS Icon of the Arts Honoree.” The tribute will begin at 6 p.m. with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception presented by JKV with the program to follow. You are invited to stay after the program for champagne and dessert to meet Ms. Bumbry.

The event will take place at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, One East Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301. Tickets are valued at $60, however a limited number of complimentary tickets are available through the JKV Marketing Department. Call (954) 783-4040 for reservations.

Lift Every Voice And Sing

Join us on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. at Nova Southeastern University’s Miniachi Performing Arts Center for a musical tour de force: “Lift Every Voice and Sing…a Concert Celebration,” honoring Ms. Bumbry. Among the many performing artists will be the National Award-Winning Dillard High School Jazz Ensemble; Historic Mount Olive Baptist Church Choir; Dr. Richard Todd Payne, baritone; Alexander Star, Emmy Nominated Hip Hop artist & writer; Leesa Richards, international Jazz/Blues/R&B sensation; and Felix Spengler on piano.

Also featured will be Nilda Comas, a master sculptor, who has been commissioned to create an historic statue of Mary McLeod Bethune for the U.S. Capitol; the NSU Black Student Union; an NSU Student Visual Art Exhibition; NSU Student Dramatic Reading; and NSU Student Dance (hip hop). The program starts at 6 p.m. with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception presented by JKV. Remain after to program to meet all the artists and enjoy champagne and dessert.

Tickets are valued at $60, however a limited number of complimentary tickets are available through the John Knox Village Marketing Department. Call (954) 783-4040 for reservations.

Ms. Bumbry At FAU In Boca Raton

Ms. Bumbry will conclude her memorable visit to South Florida on Friday, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. with a master class for aspiring young singers on the Florida Atlantic University campus in Boca Raton. You may RSVP for complimentary admission to Willie@VenetianArtsSociety.org.

For more information about the series of events sponsored by the ArtSage Alliance and John Knox Village, please visit this link or call 954-783-4040 today.

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