LunART Festival is back for its third season, continuing its mission to support, inspire, promote and celebrate women in the arts, with a special presentation, “Human Family,” available via two free video livestreams on LunART’s website and Facebook page on Saturday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. CT. The LunART Festival is the brainchild of Serbian Flutist, Iva Urgcic.
In response to the most recent and ongoing racial inequality and in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, LunART will present the “Human Family” virtual festival featuring art created by Black women. These streamed events will feature a palette of emerging and established artists, while also celebrating those who have paved the way for generations to come. Radical inclusivity has been part of LunART’s mission from its conception. While women have historically been underrepresented in the arts, we cannot deny that there are segments of women that have been doubly marginalized, including women of color, women in the LGBTQIA+ community, older women and women with disabilities. Part of creating a more just, inclusive world means recognizing that even within the space of under-representation, there remain disparities.
Featured classical composers include Jessie Montgomery, Valerie Coleman (LunART’s 2019 Composer-in-Residence), Florence Price, Margaret Bond, and Undine Smith Moore. In keeping with our multidisciplinary spirit, “Human Family” will also feature artists who use words and movements to tell their story. Audience will hear poems and spoken word pieces, original works by singer-songwriters, as well as a enjoy a premiere of a contemporary dance piece, “Body, Sweet Home,” an exploration of what happens when the body and the soul are left in complete solitude.
To commemorate the Festival events, LunART has commissioned digital artwork by artist and activist Amira Caire, which is inspired by the “Human Family” concept.