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A celebration of diversity in the arts


The School of Creative Arts at the University of Saint Francis is hosting Fort Wayne’s Global Village on Stage—Celebrating Diversity in the Arts on Sunday, November 22 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring Street. Admission is free. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. for general seating.

Through a series of six unique performances, the university provides the local community an exclusive opportunity to experience the many cultures that Fort Wayne embodies.

The kick-off to the series will feature JATA and Brisas de Colombia. JATA is an eclectic music ensemble with its musical roots in the traditional drum ensemble of the Mandé-speaking peoples of West Afrika, and its Diaspora extension in the Afrikan American Southern roots tradition. JATA combines these musical strains with Spoken Word based in the 1920s, ’60s, and contemporary Afrikan American consciousness movements. JATA presentations are uplifting and thought provoking. The second half of the kickoff will feature the traditional Colombian dancers of Brisas de Colombia who will perform two styles of Colombian dance. Although their name loses its meaning in translation, the term is a combination of breath of fresh air, afternoon breeze and the sensation one receives when meeting someone for the first time and being surprised by their friendliness. Fort Wayne’s Global Village on Stage will continue on Sunday, January 31 with the Urban Mimes.

These performances are made possible in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne. For more information call 260-399-7700, ext. 8001.

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