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Salon Dialogue

The Sitar Leadership Council’s Salon Dialogues bring community members together for engaging conversations on national topics including race, gender, educational equity, economic mobility, and the future for our community’s youth. Each event is free and open to the public.


Join us on April 8, 2021 for the Sitar Leadership Council’s 5th Salon Dialogue

THE ARTS AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING

Featuring the premiere screening of the documentary short
“There’ll Be Sun”

Followed by a panel conversation with artists, therapists, and advocates for improved mental health through arts practice and experiences.

The online event is free, but registration is required.

THURSDAY, APRIL 8
5:00 – 6:30 PM

Virtual Panel Conversation with:

Gordon Davis
Poet Ambassador, Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop
Joy Nirenstein Radish
Drama Therapist, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Yoga Teacher
www.joyworks.nyc
Jill Sonke
US Principal Investigator of The EpiArts Lab and Director of the Center for the Arts in Medicine, University of Florida

Moderated by:
Karen Robinson-Ogbebor
WJLA ABC7

Audience Q&A to Follow
Panelists will be joined by:
A. Lorraine Robinson, Director of Sitar’s 2020 Virtual Musical Production
Ellie Walton, “There’ll Be Sun” Filmmaker

“There’ll Be Sun” is a documentary short (15 minutes) that follows talented students during the summer of 2020 as they stay connected, learning, and hopeful through Sitar Arts Center’s first-ever virtual musical production: Annie. The film features a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a virtual musical and interviews with students on the importance of this artistic process to their emotional health during the pandemic.


PAST SALON DIALOGUES:

JANUARY 13, 2021: “ARTS, HOPE & JUSTICE”
Virtual panel included:


JULY 7, 2020: “ARTISTS AS ENTREPRENEURS”
Virtual panel included:


FEBRUARY 25, 2020: “THE FUTURE OF WORK”
Panel included:

  • Tokunbo Adedeinde (Sitar Alumnus and Actor)
  • Karen Hughes (The LEGO Group)
  • Herbert Niles (Creative Economy Career Access Programs, Government of the District of Columbia)
  • Monique Rizer (Urban Alliance DC)
  • Moderated by Maureen Dwyer (Sitar Arts Center)


MAY 20, 2019: “WOMEN AND GIRLS IN THE ARTS” FEATURING A SHAKTI ART SHOW
Panel included:

  • Yesook Catalan (Artist, Architecture Student, and Sitar Alumna)
  • Philippa P.B. Hughes (Social Sculptor, Creative Placemaker, Cultural Strategist)
  • Mohini Malhotra (Shakti LLC)
  • Moderated by Jade Floyd (The Case Foundation)

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For more information about registration, panels, or ways to support the Salon Dialogues, please contact Essence Newhoff at Essence@sitarartscenter.org