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Olive Road Arts Block Party

Arizona Arts and its neighbors hosted the first-ever Olive Road Arts Block Party on Oct. 1 with over 500 guests enjoying several food trucks, a DJ, and performances from UA Dance, Eller College of Management’s Ellervator Pitch, a CAPLA VR experience, the Speak-Easy Xylophone Ragtime Band from the Fred Fox School of Music, and a performance from the School of Theatre, Film & Television students of stage combat, plus, tabling with student organizations and free gallery access.

The Block Party brought together the academic departments, exhibitions and performances sectors of Arizona Arts, as well as our neighboring colleges: the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture and Eller College of Management. The Block Party coordinated efforts with members of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona and Graduate and Professional Student Council.

“We invested in the planning and production of the event, so as to work with and not for our first community, University students,” said organizers Chelsea Farrar of the University of Arizona Art Museum and Meg Jackson Fox of the Center for Creative Photography. “We wanted students who are either new to campus or are less familiar with Arizona Arts have an opportunity to become acquainted with — and find themselves excited about — the vibrancy that is our campus community for the arts.”

Participating Organizers

  • Arizona Arts / College of Fine Arts
  • University of Arizona Museum of Art
  • Center for Creative Photography
  • Joseph Gross/Lionel Rombach Galleries
  • School of Art
  • School of Dance
  • Fred Fox School of Music
  • School of Theatre, Film, and Television
  • Eller College of Management
  • College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture

Photos 1-4 by Eli Giclas. Photos 5 & 6 by Charlie Snyder.

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Hanson Film TV Institute, in collaboration with The University of Arizona School of Dance and College of Humanities' Africana Studies, presents a Black History Month screening of Khadifa Wong’s "Uprooted."

"Uprooted" is a feature-length documentary celebrating the history, lineage, and future progressions of jazz dance. The screening is free at the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7p.

"This documentary will make you fall in love with jazz dance all over again." -- Dance Magazine

>> MORE | azart.fyi/Uprooted

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers Khadifa Wong (director), Matt Simpkins, and Laura Smyth.

With a stellar cast of leading industry experts, award-winning choreographers, and legendary performers, this ground-breaking documentary goes back to the roots in Africa and follows the evolution of this incredible dance form through every single decade and genre.

Exploring and commenting on political and social influences, the film addresses topics such as appropriation, racism, socialism and sexism.

“(Wong's) documentary offers an enriching corrective to the official story of jazz dance, taking it beyond its already fascinating and complex showbiz luster to profoundly political terrain.” -- Hollywood Reporter

With special appearances by Debbie Allen, George Faison, Chita Rivera, Camille A. Brown and Thomas F. DeFrantz and showcases the works of the Nicholas Brothers, Pepsi Bethel, Jack Cole, Katherine Dunham, Bob Fosse and Gene Kelly.

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Hanson Film TV Institute, in collaboration with The University of Arizona School of Dance and College of Humanities Africana Studies, presents a Black History Month screening of Khadifa Wong’s Uprooted. 

Uprooted is a feature-length documentary celebrating the history, lineage, and future progressions of jazz dance. The screening is free at the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7p.

This documentary will make you fall in love with jazz dance all over again. -- Dance Magazine

>> MORE | https://azart.fyi/Uprooted

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers Khadifa Wong (director), Matt Simpkins, and Laura Smyth.

With a stellar cast of leading industry experts, award-winning choreographers, and legendary performers, this ground-breaking documentary goes back to the roots in Africa and follows the evolution of this incredible dance form through every single decade and genre.

Exploring and commenting on political and social influences, the film addresses topics such as appropriation, racism, socialism and sexism. 

“(Wongs) documentary offers an enriching corrective to the official story of jazz dance, taking it beyond its already fascinating and complex showbiz luster to profoundly political terrain.” -- Hollywood Reporter

With special appearances by Debbie Allen, George Faison, Chita Rivera, Camille A. Brown and Thomas F. DeFrantz and showcases the works of the Nicholas Brothers, Pepsi Bethel, Jack Cole, Katherine Dunham, Bob Fosse and Gene Kelly.

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