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Michelle Grant-Murray hosts "The Black Artist Talk" at the Deering Estate

MIAMI (February 05, 2016)

In celebration of Black History Month, Deering Estate Artist in Residence Michelle Grant-Murray will host the "The Black Artist Talk," a community forum addressing the question "Where we were then, where we are now, and where we are going?" The event will take place on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Deering Estate Visitor Center Theatre located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue. The afternoon will feature special works and performances as well as a panel discussion focused on exploring and engaging the Black Arts community in South Florida. A special tour of the Deering Estate will also be included.

The event is free and open to the public, welcoming all community members, performing artists, and arts enthusiasts. R.S.V.P. to Kim Yantis at stryky@miamidade.gov or call 305-235-1668 ext. 238. Seating is limited to 85 guests. Regular admission rates apply to those not attending the event by 1:30 pm. For more information, please visit the Deering Estate website.

Special panelists and performers will include Moderator, Michelle Grant-Murray - Choreographic Artist in Residence at the Deering Estate and Founder and Artistic Director of Olujimi Dance Theatre and MDC Jubilation Dance Ensemble; Willys Gaines - Retired Dance Educator and Choreographer; Elvoyd Fischer - Retired Educator, Choreographer and Dancer; and Johanne Rahaman - Photographer and Journalist, creator of "Black Florida: Photographing Invisibility."

Michelle Grant-Murray has presented "The Black Artist Talk" Series at three locations in South Florida including the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, Deering Estate, and Miami Dade College over the past year. Grant-Murray saw a need to engage and network with other Black artists, she challenges her participants and audience members to address the vital questions "Where were we then, where are we now, and where are we going?" Noting that awareness and dialog have the power to strengthen and reconstruct the art scene in Black communities, "The Black Artist Talk" welcomes artists of diverse backgrounds, heritage, and nationalities with multidisciplinary practices, from African Literature Studies, Contemporary Afro-Bahamian Inspired Dance and spoken word, to create opportunities together.

With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami- Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.

About the Artist
Michelle Grant-Murray, choreographer, performer, educator, author, and social activist, is the Founding Artistic Director of Olujimi Dance Theatre and MDC Jubilation Dance Ensemble, and the Coordinator of Dance at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus. Michelle has trained with prominent artists across the world and she has presented work in Europe, South America, Asia, the Caribbean, and the United States. Michelle holds a Master of Arts degree from Florida International University in African Studies and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Jacksonville University in Choreography. Grant-Murray is a current Artist in Residence at the Deering Estate, representing the first choreographer in Residence during the program’s eight-year history.

About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to bird walks and guided nature hikes, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida.

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