Arts Education Coordinator
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WEEK FEATURES GALEN ABDUR-RAZZAQ, WORLD-RENOWNED FLAUTIST AND LECTURER
(Salina, KS 01-16) As part of four days of community-wide events to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy, Salina Arts & Humanities and the Smoky Hill Museum will co-present a performance by Galen Abdur-Razzaq of Flute Juice Productions, scheduled for Friday evening, January 15th at the Smoky Hill Museum at 211. W Iron Avenue.
Originally from the New Jersey area and a graduate of the Berklee School of Music in Boston and of Rutgers University in New Jersey, Abdur-Razzaq will do residency work with local students and educators at Lakewood Middle School on January 15 as part of MLK Week.
For his Friday evening performance, Abdur-Razzaq will be joined by some Manhattan, Kansas musicians for a jazz-trio concert from 6 to 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Smoky Hill Museum. The museum’s “1960s Part I: Political Power” ” exhibit will be open for patrons to experience while listening to the sounds of a significant musical movement that shed light on civil-rights issues and African American performers of that era.
Following at 7p.m., there is a special edition of ONE MIC at Ad Astra Books & Coffeehouse, 141 N. Santa Fe, that will focus on peace, justice, compassion and love relating to racial issues. ONE MIC provides a venue for talented local and regional poets, spoken-word artists and a capella rappers from across Kansas. The featured performers that night are Kansas City poet Trey Newman and music artist Madam Groove of Manhattan.
On Saturday, January 16th there is a community potluck at 6 p.m. at Christ Cathedral, 138 S. Eighth Street. Closing out the weekend is a Sunday church service at 3:30 p.m., also at Christ Cathedral, featuring a final solo performance by Abdur-Razzaq.
Admission is free for the jazz trio concert and the 1960’s exhibit at the Smoky Hill Museum on Friday evening, January 15. Admission is $5 at the door for ONE MIC, with ages 16 and up eligible for admittance. The potluck and church service are free and open to the public.
For more information, call Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 or the Smoky Hill Museum at 785-309-5776.
For needed accommodations, please call Amanda Morris at Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 between 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities. For material or speech access, please call at least five working days prior to the event.
Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966. The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Community Art & Design, Cultural Connections, and Art a la Carte concert series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.