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Black Lives, the Arts, and Mattering


June 6 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

community conversations, equity and diversity in the arts, black lives

Black Lives, the Arts, and Mattering

June¬†6th¬†at 6 pm ‚ÄĘ 2019

Long Beach City Council Chamber

Featured Speaker: Anthony Davis

Performers: Anthony Davis, Nicole Mitchell (flute), cast of The Central Park Five

Moderator: Chris Anthony

Panelists:¬†Councilmember¬†Rex¬†Richardson,¬†Marcina¬†Riley¬†(My¬†Brother’s¬†Keeper¬†Initiative¬†Coordinator,¬†City¬†of¬†Long¬†Beach),¬†and Leon Wood

Acclaimed composer Anthony Davis shares his inspiration for writing The Central Park Five, which will receive its world premiere at LBO June 15, 2019. He is joined by performers from the opera. The panel explores how music and art are used in activism and how classical music can more effectively participate in activism.


Long Beach Opera believes that discussions inspired by art should extend beyond the lobby of the theater. For this reason, LBO is using its 40th anniversary season theme,¬†Justice, as a catalyst to present its brand new event series¬†The Community Conversations Initiative. This initiative features five “Conversations” and three youth programs, and will create community-wide discussions about race, equity, and the justice system throughout Long Beach.

All events are free to the public. However, space is limited; reservations are strongly suggested. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook group; Facebook.com/groups/LBOConversations.

The community conversations are supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation.


Long Beach Opera
(562) 470-7464


Long Beach City Council Chamber
333 W Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802 United States
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