Public Programs Calendar

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LECTURE Congo Square: A Place Between the Worlds

Saturday June 5, 2010

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm MoAD Salon

A presentation by Luisah Teish

This is a multi-media, interactive history of the evolution of the Spiritual Traditions of New Orleans, Louisiana. New Orleans boasts a unique blend of West African Ancestor Reverence, Haitian Vodou, Native American Earth Stewardship and Euro-American Pagan traditions. Attendees will be invited to invoke the spirit of the trees in Africa; to cross the middle passage in memory of the ancestors; to dance Damballah in the bayou and consult the Voodoo Queen Mam'zelle Marie LaVeau in Congo Square. This presentation includes music, dance, slides and film, and an opportunity to make a charm for personal use.Presented as part of the lecture series, Migrations of the Sacred: Spiritual Practices Across the Diaspora.

Luisah Teish (Yeye'woro Fajembola Fatunmise) was born in New Orleans and spent her childhood in LeMaison Blanche, the French Quarter home of the Voodoo Queen. Ms. Teish is the author of "Jambalaya: The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals.” She is the leader of Ile Orunmila Oshun, a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic spiritual temple and cultural/educational institution in Oakland, California.

MoAD members Free

General Admission $10

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EVENT A Culinary Journey through the Diaspora

Friday June 11, 2010

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Entire Museum

A special benefit event of sumptuous food and festive music from Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, New Orleans and South Carolina inspired by the current exhibition African Continuum: Sacred Ceremonies and Rituals

General Admission: $150.

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PERFORMANCE DANCEfirst! The American South

Thursday June 17, 2010

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm MoAD Salon

The Southeastern United States is a cornerstone of American culture and yet it's rites and rituals still hold an air of mystery for many. Amara Tabor-Smith alchemizes movement from across the Diaspora to call upon our collective history. Taking an anthropological approach to performance, Tabor-Smith revisits the people and places that form shared memory between the Old and New Worlds. AMARA TABOR-SMITH is the former Associate Artistic Director and company member with Urban Bush Women. She has worked with choreographers and performing artists such as Ed Mock, Joanna Haigood, Ronald K. Brown, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Anna Deveare Smith, Aya de Leon, and Pearl Ubungen and is Artistic Director of Deep Waters Dance Theater based in Oakland.

Admission $5-$10 sliding scale.

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EVENT Celebrate Juneteenth at MoAD

Saturday June 19, 2010

11:00 am - 4:30 pm MoAD Salon

11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Juneteenth is a celebration of African American freedom and achievement. It was originated to commemorate the day that enslaved Africans in Texas received formal notification of their emancipation on June 19, 1865, more than two and a half years after the implementation of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Join us for a day of reflection and an opportunity to trace your family’s lineage. Whether you’re a novice or an enthusiast, professional genealogist, Lisa B. Lee, PLCGS will lead workshops designed to develop basic skills in gathering, preserving, and sharing your family’s history. Gina Paige, President and Co-founder of AfricanAncestry.com, will lead an engaging and informative workshop that explores genetic ancestry tracing within historical, cultural, and scientific contexts. Also on view a special screening of the PBS documentary, Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom.

MoAD Members Free

General Admission $10

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WORKSHOPS Genealogy for Beginners

Saturday June 19, 2010

11:00 am - 12:30 pm Researching Your Family History From Afar - MoAD Salon

1:00 am - 1:00 am Beginning Genealogy for the 21st Century - MoAD Salon

Lisa B. Lee, PLCGS will lead workshops for beginning genealogists designed to develop basic skills in gathering, preserving, and sharing your family’s history regardless of ethnic origin.

Researching Your Family History From Afar

The workshop will show you how to find and access documents and databases from remote locations. County courthouses, state archives, local libraries may seem to be thousands of miles away, but with a few trusted tips and tricks, you can gain access to records from afar, and find even the most errant ancestors.

Beginning Genealogy for the 21st Century

This workshop will show you how to make the most of online databases, what to avoid, and who to trust as you explore the internet to find your ancestral roots.

Genealogy Starter Kit, $30 (includes materials for workshop and one year subscription to gotgenealogy.com) Available for purchase day of event.

*Lisa B. Lee, PLCGS a professional genealogist and graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (University of Toronto), obtained her PLCGS (Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies) with certificates in U.S., Canadian and Irish genealogy and methodology. Ms. Lee is the owner of GotGenealogy.com where she publishes a monthly newsletter, GotGenealogy Gazette! which provides timely and useful information to help genealogists make the most of their online genealogical searches.

MoAD Members Free

General Admission $10

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LECTURE African Genetic Ancestry

Saturday June 19, 2010

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm African Ancestry - MoAD Salon

Do you know where you’re from? Not the city or town that you call home. But the place where your bloodline originated…before the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Gina Paige, President and Co-founder of AfricanAncestry.com, will lead an engaging and informative workshop that explores genetic ancestry tracing within historical, cultural, and scientific contexts. Learn how DNA technology can help you find your family’s roots, when the paper trail ends.

Founded in 2003, African Ancestry, Inc. is the pioneer of ancestry tracing for African Americans. The company utilizes its proprietary African DNA database, the largest in the world, to accurately assess present-day country of origin for people of African descent. African-American-owned and operated, African Ancestry is headquartered in Washington, DC, and is the only ancestry tracing company whose analysis narrows African results to a specific, present-day African country of origin and ethnic group.

MoAD Members Free

General Admission $10

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FAMILY DAY Screen printing

Saturday June 19, 2010

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm MoAD Education Center

Visit the Education Center and work with a MoAD artist to create your own screen printed family tree. In the Heritage Center, hear audio recordings from Bay Area locals who participated in our first session of the Share Your Stories program and then sign up to record your own story. Also on view, a special screening of the PBS documentary, Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom.

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FILM SCREENING PRIDE: A Queer Black Intersection

Friday June 25, 2010

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm MoAD Salon

The Queer Women of Color Media Art Project (QWOCMAP) has a mission to support the training and development of filmmakers, to share perspectives and life stories not commonly reflected in mainstream films, but significant to queer African Diasporic populations. This particular film series addresses cultural and sexual identity, sometimes dealing with themes common at MoAD, such as personal freedom and cross cultural adaptation, and sometimes addressing sexuality more directly. The Stories We Tell (Rachel Poulain, 2009), Cut and Paste (Alexis McCrimmon, 2007), What If? (B.K. Williams, 2009), Non Resident Alien (Cruzito, 2009), Slang it Like You Own it (Latesa Bruce, 2007), One in a Million (Monifa Porter, 2008). All films created through QWOCMAP’s award-winning Filmmaker Training Program. Films total running time: 79 minutes.

*Please note: Some content may not be suitable for young audiences. MoAD Members Free. General Admission $10

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