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“Woke Dreams” Event to Unite Artists, Community Activists & Thinkers on MLK Day

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The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC) and The Helis Foundation will present WOKE DREAMS, a reflective celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 from 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the CAC, located at 900 Camp Street. The event is free and open to the public, courtesy of The Helis Foundation.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 91st birthday, WOKE DREAMS will explore Dr. King’s legacy, today’s social movements, and the role that art plays in advancing activism and social justice. Through a variety of interactive experiences, guests are invited to reflect upon and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy. Activities include artist Jose Cotto’s cultivating history, documenting dreams project to capture intimate one-on-one portraits of individuals and their dreams; a memorial altar installation by Jet Costello and resident art collective Les Femmes Féroces to honor murdered Trans women from across the country; “When Oppressed, Knowledge Endures: WOKE,” a curated set by DJ Raj Smoove; and a multi-generational and multi-disciplinary panel discussion exploring the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on today’s civic activism. Panelists will include, Alanah Odom Hebert, Executive Director of the ACLU of Louisiana; Ranord J. Darensburg, Judicial Administrator of the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court; Stephanie McKee- Anderson, Executive Director of Junebug Productions; Kathy Randells, Founder and Creative Director of ArtSpot Productions; and Dr. David W. Robinson-Morris, Founding Director of The Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit at Xavier University of Louisiana. For complete panelist bio’s, click here.

“WOKE DREAMS offers an expressive experience created by today’s social and political activists that were shaped by Dr. King’s most radical dream,” said George Scheer, Executive Director of the CAC.

WOKE DREAMS is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged at Courtesy of The Helis Foundation, the CAC will also offer complimentary admission to its visual arts exhibitions, featuring works by Mickalene Thomas, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Meg Turner, art collective Les Femmes Féroces, and others. For more information visit

WHO: The General Public is invited to a free event at Contemporary Arts Center

WHAT: WOKE DREAMS is an event featuring a live art-making by Jose Cotto and Les Femmes Feroces, panel discussions with community leaders, a curated DJ set by Raj Smoove, and complimentary admission to CAC galleries featuring works by Mickalene Thomas, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Meg Turner and more.

The event, as well as admission to the CAC the entire day, is free and open to the public, courtesy of The Helis Foundation.

WHEN: Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans 900 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Thank you to The Times-Picayune I New Orleans Advocate I for being a media sponsor of this event.


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