Art Over Dinner ft. Atlanta Contemporary & Atlanta Opera
Sunday, September 16th
Collaborative Performance by Atlanta Opera Artist-In-Residence Jayme Alilaw and multi-disciplinary artist Masud Olufani, 6pm
About the Artists
Jayme Alilaw thrives in the operatic, classical, and spiritual repertoires. Jayme has performed roles from the standard operatic repertoire as well as the contemporary canon, often premiering original works. As a resident artist with The Atlanta Opera, Jayme often performs for studio tours and community outreach engagements. She recently join Dad’s Garage Theater Company as a General Company member and is a founding member of ImprOper, an operatic improvisation team. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Ms. Alilaw frequently sang for military ceremonies throughout the United States and Middle East.
Driven by a passion for traditional spirituals and an advocate for the performance of works by African American composers, Jayme is highly sought to perform concerts and recitals and present her research at academic conferences, colleges, and museums across the country. Jayme is currently working on La Femme Noire, a program that highlights works by African American female composers and poets while celebrating the contributions of African American female operatic performers. Jayme owns and operates Music After School, offering group and individual music lessons as an enrichment through aftercare programs, in home lessons, summer camps, and workshops.
Masud Olufani is an Atlanta based multidisciplinary artist. He is a graduateof Arts High School in Newark, N.J., Morehouse College and The Savannah College of Art and Design where he earned an M.F.A. in sculpture in 2013. Masud has exhibited his work in group and solo shows in Atlanta, Georgia; New Orleans; Louisiana; Chicago, Illinois; Richmond, Virginia; Lacoste, France; and Hong Kong, China. The artist has completed residencies at The Vermont Studio Center; SCAD Alumni Artist in Residence Program; The Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences in Rabun, GA.; and Creative Currents in Portobello, Panama. He is a 2017 Southern Arts Prize State Fellow for Georgia; a recipient of a 2015 Idea Capital Grant; a Southwest Airlines Art and Social Engagement grant; a recipient of 2015-16’ MOCA GA Working Artist Project Grant, and is a member of the 2014-15’ class of the Walthall Fellows. He is the lead designer of Blocked at Five Points, a site-specific installation created to memorialize the enslaved Africans bought and sold at the Crawford Frazier Auction House, which once stood on the grounds of Atlanta’s Five Points MARTA station.
About Atlanta Contemporary
Founded in 1973 as Nexus, a grassroots artists’ cooperative, Atlanta Contemporary has since become one of the southeast’s leading contemporary art centers. We play a vital role in Atlanta’s cultural landscape by presenting over 100 consequential artists from the local, national, and international art scenes through our various exhibition and project spaces each year. We are one of the few local art organizations that commission new works, paying particular attention to artists of note who have not had a significant exhibition in the Southeast. We organize over 100 diverse educational programs annually including Contemporary Kids, Contemporary Cocktails, Contemporary Talks, Movement Love and more! Atlanta Contemporary provides on-site subsidized studio space to working artists through the Studio Artist Program, removing cost as a barrier to the creative process.
About The Atlanta Opera
The Atlanta Opera is one of the finest regional opera companies in the nation. In 2013, the company recruited internationally recognized stage director Tomer Zvulun as its General and Artistic Director. In the 2014-2015 season, the company launched the acclaimed Discoveries series of operas staged in alternative venues around Atlanta. The program was recognized by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as part of its Best of 2015 awards and the company was nominated for the International Opera Awards in London in 2016. The Opera works with world-renowned singers, conductors, directors, and designers who seek to enhance the art form and make it accessible for a 21st century audience. The Atlanta Opera was founded in 1979 and to this day adheres to its mission to enrich lives through opera.www.atlantaopera.org
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