The African American Museum of Iowa is excited to announce the first program connected to our 2019-2020 temporary exhibit, Untangling the Roots. This exciting program is presented in partnership with Hancher auditorium and Urban Bush Women as part of a community engagement series surrounding the upcoming performance of Hair and Other Stories.
Using the deceptively simple topic of HAIR as the organizing principle – how hair color, length, and varying degrees of curl affect our definitions of ‘good hair’ and ‘bad hair’ both within and outside of the African American community – Hair Parties encourage participants to re-examine closely-held beliefs about themselves, society, class, race, gender, age and individual beauty. Political, fun and sometimes raucous, Hair Parties combine conversation, guided movement explorations and performance highlights from UBW’s dance/theater piece Hair and Other Stories.
This intimate, informal gathering will use performative elements of Hair and Other Stories to engage audiences of all backgrounds and ignite dialogue. This event is free, but space is limited, so an RSVP is required to attend. In order to assure that all interested will be able to attend, we ask that you only RSVP if you are certain that you will be able to attend this event.
About Urban Bush Women:
UBW galvanizes artists, activists, audiences and communities through performances, artist development, education and community engagement. With the ground-breaking performance ensemble at its core, ongoing initiatives like the Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), BOLD (Builders, Organizers & Leaders through Dance) and the Choreographic Center, UBW continues to affect the overall ecology of the arts by promoting artistic legacies; projecting the voices of the under-heard and people of color; bringing attention to and addressing issues of equity in the dance field and throughout the United States; and by providing platforms and serving as a conduit for culturally and socially relevant experimental art makers.