Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Last Week of the Liberated Muse Exhibit "Celebration of Freedom"

(In photo: l to r-- Prudence Bonds, Sherry Burton-Ways, James Terrell, Sharon Burton)

So, all good things must come to an end, and such is the case with the debut exhibit of Liberated Muse-- "A Celebration of Freedom". The exhibit ends next week on Dec. 1.

(In photo: Poet/singer/actress Dehejia Maat at the Liberated Muse event Capital Rhythm & Soul last week at the Potter's House. The exhibit "Celebration of Freedom" is a backdrop for the event)

(In photo: Visual artist Marshetta Davis discusses her painting with those who came out for the Nov. 14 artist reception for the artists included in the Celebration of Freedom exhibit.)

(In photo: Sharon Burton and a guest attend the artist reception held on Nov. 14. Her piece "Believe" is in the background)

(In photo: Singer/visual artist James Terrell stands by his piece "Coltrane" (up top) which was inspired by jazz legend John Coltrane. James is a gifted performer and performed in last week's Liberated Muse event Capital Rhythm & Soul)
(In photo: Liberated Muse's co-founder Khadijah "Moon" Ali-Coleman (left) with artist Stephan Cox and artist Shanta Monroe (right) with her daughter Zoe. All four pose in front of the "Celebration of Freedom" exhibit during the Nov. 14 artist reception for the exhibit)

(In photo: The artist Choke stands by her work in the exhibit)

Special thanks to Sharon Burton of Authentic Contemporary Art who curated the exhibit and who also contributed her own art to the show. Her piece "Believe" is also the cover art of our book Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul. You can visit her art spaces HERE and HERE.

Kudos to all of the exhibiting artists:

Stephan Cox
Shan'ta Monroe
James Terrell
Prudence Bonds
Marshetta Davis
Keisha Carroll
Sherry Burton Ways
Jade Andwele

(In photo: One of the works from artist Shan'ta Monroe)

Please make sure you check out the exhibit before it comes down on Dec. 1. Several of the pieces were sold and all of the artists are involved in upcoming shows, so it is encouraged you stay connected with them by joining the network if you haven't joined already.

(In photo: Work by artist Jade Andwele. The piece sold during the second month of the exhibit)

The Celebration of Freedom is currently up at:
The Potter's House
1658 Columbia Road, NW
Washington DC

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Amazing Evening Last Night

If you missed our event last night, then you missed an extremely exhilirating experience. Check out the videos below:

The event Capital Rhythm & Soul was a fundraising event for the nonprofit Southeast Ministry that benefits adults and youth in GED prep and literacy education. The event was part of the Potter's House Sounds of House benefit concert series.

Featured artists included: Anonamas, Farah Lawal, C. Love, James Terrell and Khadijah "Moon" Ali-Coleman, featuring Gary Young. The Walidane Drummers performed the finale.

What an evening of thankfulness; a perfect pre-cursor to Thanksgiving.

If you couldn't make it but would like to donate to Southeast Ministry, email us at LiberatedMuseProductions for more information.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Capital Rhythm & Soul this Friday

We are continuing our efforts to take part in the wonderful programming that takes place in the DC metro area throughout the year as a supplement to our annual festival, the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest. What better way to do that than through an intimate concert venue and in a way that benefits an area nonprofit?

This Friday, join us for Capital Rhythm & Soul at the Potter's House in Adams Morgan in DC. Featured performers include acoustic soul singer C. Love, hip-hop soul singer Anonamas, R & B diva Mahoganee and Liberated Muse's co-founder Khadijah "Moon" Ali-Coleman, accompanied by Gary Young on guitar. The fantastic Dehejia Maat will host. Check her out below.

The event is $10 and will benefit Southeast Ministry, a local nonprofit in southeast DC that helps adults earn their GED and provides programming to young people throughout the year in the literary arts.

Thanks for attending Liberated Muse events

Thanks for coming out to our events and being part of the community. Click HERE to view photos from yesterday's artist reception opening.
(In photo: Artists featured in the Liberated Muse exhibit "Celebration of Freedom" at the Potter's House at the Meet the Artists event on Nov. 14. Above are Liberated Muse artists/members, Prudence Bonds, Sherry Burton-Ways, James Terrell, and Sharon Burton, who also curated the exhibit.)

Friday, November 6, 2009

H Street Main Street: From Vision to Reality

H Street Main Street From Vision to Reality Public History Project

H Street Northeast is one of the fastest developing commercialcorridors in the District of Columbia. An affiliate of the NationalTrust for Historic Preservation and a certified member of the NationalMain Street Program. We are built around the power of organizationsand volunteers working together.

A shopping hot spot for many of America’s working class for yearsbefore and after the 1968 riots. H Street Main Street seeks toacknowledge the legacy and heritage of a community undergoing urbanrenewal and capture the stories behind the cultural and historicalassets of the one-and-a-half mile commercial corridor, giving thestreet many of it’s unique character and traditions from the 1900’sand beyond.

Input from individuals in the communityis being sought to develop a time line and tapestry of influential people, places, businesses andevents in and around H Street Northeast. They are also in need ofvolunteers- writers, researchers, interviewers, photographers, and you!

Come out on Saturday, November 7 from 11:00 AM -12:30 PM at the MartinLuther King Jr. Library, 901 G Street NW, (Gallery Place Metro) RoomA-5 for an informational session about the project and how you can getinvolved.

For additional information about sponsorship and other details, please
contact T. Isler, Project Director at (202) 250-0466

This project is sponsored in part by H Street Main Street, the DC Humanities Council and the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Liberated Muse This Month

(In photo: Maceo Thomas, co-founder of Liberated Muse Productions hosts Freesoul @ ArtSprng this past Halloween)

Liberated Muse is transforming places into art spaces. Here are some upcoming events, some notable highlights and general news to share about Liberated Muse and its members:

-Liberated Muse will be releasing, in time for Christmas, the 2009 Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest CD compilation. The CD features artists who performed in the annual event ( and proceeds will help fund next year's FREE festival. Music from the CD was featured in this recent news series on a needle program in DC.

-Tomorrow is the first tuesday in the month of November. Join Liberated Muse co-founder Maceo Thomas for First Tuesdays at Jojo's in DC on historic U Street. First Tuesdays is a happy hour where social activists, educators and others share community news to rally, mobilize and inform. Come on out for First Tuesdays! Maceo started First Tuesdays more than five years ago and it is still a monthly hot spot. RSVP on Facebook.

-Meet the Artists on Saturday, Nov. 14 for the current exhibit Celebration of Freedom up at the Potter's House in Adams Morgan, DC. Artists featured include Prudence Bonds, Choke, Shanta Monroe, James Terrell, Jade Andwele, Sherry Burton-Ways, Stephan Cox, and others. View details HERE.

-View photos from our past event this past Saturday. Small, small, turn-out. Why was that? Let us know what kind of events you would like to see. Thanks to all who performed and volunteered-- Quineice Clarkson, Gary Young, Sadie Flick, Lyle Link, Ne'a Posey, Karen Holt-Williams, Gary Young, Mischay Mabray, Ben Dawson and Sharon Burton of Authentic Contemporary Art.