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Saturday, September 17, 7:00 pm

Saturday, September 17, 7:00 pm

Location:
ArtPort
Green Mountain Mall
2000 Memorial Drive
St. Johnsbury, VT

Admission: FREE

Please refer to our website for any current COVID-19 related restrictions.

Clemmons Family Farm and Catamount Arts are pleased to announce Samirah Evans, known for her dynamic and soulful approach to jazz and blues, in St. Johnsbury, as part of the Facing the Sunrise Black Performing Arts Series. The series aims to engage audiences with stellar performances that celebrate and teach the Black Experience with positive and uplifting messages from the Black artist community.

The concert will feature selections composed or popularized by black artists. The song selections will paint a picture of our history from 400 years ago illustrated by Nat Adderley’s “Work Song” to selections celebrating the history we are making today such as Georgia on Mind popularized by Ray Charles. Plus, songs of understanding and hope for the future of humanity such as “I wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” popularized by Nina Simone. In addition, there will be traditional and original songs performed that will give you a taste of New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz where Samirah Evans hailed before moving to Vermont.

The Facing the Sunrise Black Performing Arts Series is curated by Clemmons Family Farm, a leading Black-led nonprofit arts and culture organization in Vermont. Clemmons Family Farm supports a network of over 250 artists of African descent and is among the 2% of applicants to receive a prestigious National Creative Placemaking Grant from ArtPlace America. The organization is grounded in the 60-year-old legacy of Jack and Lydia Clemmons, co-owners of the 148-acre Clemmons Farm in Charlotte, in building community in Vermont around African-American and African diaspora arts and culture.

Clemmons Family Farm is partnering with Catamount Arts to promote greater racial equity in Vermont’s creative economy, collaborating to offer audiences increased access to members of Vermont’s African-American and African Diaspora Artists Network (VAAADAN). In addition to strengthening community through programming and education about African-American and African diaspora histories and culture, the collaboration will showcase the work of Vermont artists of African descent and model how Black-led and white-led arts and culture institutions can leverage their respective resources for the benefit of all patrons.

Admission is free, but tickets are required to reserve seating. Compliance with Catamount’s COVID-19 safety protocol is required of all patrons, including children. For more information about Catamount’s COVID safety protocol or to reserve free tickets, visit www.catamountarts.org. For more information about the Facing the Sunrise Black Performing Arts Series or Clemmons Family Farm arts and education programming, visit www.clemmonsfamilyfarm.org.