Similar to the patch workings of a hand sewn quilts the " Dreaming South " Experience has been a rich opportunity to build and collide with a plethora of artist, whose work also explores notions of the ancestry, time, space, performance and object making. Consider this page a conjunction of ideas, images sounds, all matured, refined and explored by beautiful masters of creative thought.
MBC artist statement
we are here
we are here filling pages with text
rooms with voice
walls with frames
we dare carrying our hearts front and center, wide and free
we are present in the moment growing from the soil planted by our ancestors living in the space they toiled
we declare loudly our cravings, our creations, colliding our breath to continue their song.
we are afrikans. we are south siders
we are artist.
we are creators engagers allies friends dreamers sister brother
we are here and we are extensions of them all.
Participatory Music Coalition
The Participatory Music Coalition began as the sonic subcommittee of the MB Collective, a theater, performance, visual and community collective of artists integrating diverse performative traditions, especially with respect to the South Side Community Art Center and its founder, the great spirit Margaret Burroughs. Musicians of the MB collective began participating in the weekly "Sonic Healing Ministries Free Jazz Sessions" organized and headed by composer/instrumentalist and educator David Boykin. Finding fulfillment and growth through these sessions members began to meet in each others homes to experiment, compose, and practice new music.
Recognizing the spiritual importance of Black American Music, the Coalition developed into an independent entity through the guidance of numerous elders and ancestors. Both the Collective and the Coalition maintain improvisation as the very core of their creative endeavor because improvisation is the doorway to the spirit-domain, where our loving ancestral spirits reside
Experiential Learning Opportunities
The Dreaming South Project is an exciting way to engage the classrooms, community centers and corporate institutions in workshops about genealogy, archiving and automythograpy as creative pedagogies.
See below for more detail.