From generation to generation, music has been utilized by the Black Community as a form of activism, healing, and freedom of expression. This year, campus will celebrate Black History Month with the theme “Music as Medicine: Evolution of Music in the Black Community“ by presenting a cohesive set of programming designed to highlight the various forms of Black music.
Some virtual arts events include an online exhibit on the history of Black Radio in the United States, a DJ battle (February 5), a Black Table Talk series (February 10, 17, 24), a workshop on the basics of beat and song making (February 17), guided meditation with jazz (February 21), and Moonshine, a traditional performance gathering featuring dance, spoken word, and experimental choreography (February 26). Don’t miss the keynote event later that evening (February 26) via WUD Music Twitch.
Additionally, be sure to follow @uwmadisonarts on Instagram for an exclusive look at the work of the Black History Month Student Planning Committee.
Black history is American history – past, present, and future. For many of us, our knowledge and understanding is limited. We invite you to listen, converse, and groove with us as we celebrate and re-center Black history through the lens of music. Visit wisc.edu/black-history for a full event listing!