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Wellness Wednesdays (Workshops and Classes)

Feb 5, 2020, 12:00 PM-Mar 11, 2020, 1:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Community Folk Art Center presents

Wellness Wednesdays

Yoga Class

Instructor: Arthur Brangman

Feb 5th - March 11th 2020

Wednesdays: 12-1pm

Cost: Free

805 E Genesee Street Syracuse NY 13210

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Black and White: Narratives of the Civil Rights Movement - Photographs from the George R. Rinhart Collection (Exhibition)

Feb 10, 2020, 10:00 AM-Mar 28, 2020, 4:00 PM
The exhibition developed from a Fall 2019 African American Studies and Honors seminar, Photography of the Civil Rights Era, taught by AAS professor Joan Bryant in collaboration with the Community Folk Art Center (CFAC).The student curators, representing departments and colleges from across the University, are as follows: Adiba Alam, Rachel Behrent, Frankelly Gonzalez, Khloe Green, Tajanae Harris, Lindsay Kantor, Dassy Kemedjio, Maya Kumar, Taylor McKinney, Andrenne Rogers, Spencer Stultz, Savannah Taylor, Morgan Temple, Bobbi Whitney, and Dylan Wilson.

Artist: George R. Rinhart

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The Black Composer as Jali: Composition, Improvisation, and the Afrikan Epic (Lectures and Talks)

Feb 20, 2020, 12:00 PM-Feb 20, 2020, 2:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Lecture by Mark Lomax II, Creator of 400: An African Epic

CFAC Gallery, 805 E. Genesee Street 

Mark Lomax (Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH)

In the West Afrikan storytelling tradition, the Jali serve as the professional musicians tasked with preserving the history, rituals, and experiences of the culture in which they were born. These keepers of the culture tell the stories of their people through songs that seamlessly incorporate pre-composed material with improvised sections to create epic narratives that remind the listener who they are, where they have been, and point to the future. This tradition survived the Middle Passage, evolved through the savagery of slavery, and now manifests itself in the work of many contemporary Black American composers.

Using examples from his work, 400: An Afrikan Epic, Lomax discusses the process by which he worked with composition and improvisation to create aspects of his epic which honors the West Afrikan tradition and is inspired by the work of Duke Ellington, Renee Baker, Anthony Davis, and Wadada Leo Smith.



Bio: Dr. Mark Lomax, II, critically acclaimed composer, recording artist, drummer, activist, and educator is a Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University Artist Residency 2018 Award recipient. A highly sought-after lecturer, Lomax specializes in the socio-political, and spiritual aspects of African-American art, music, race, and the usage of the arts to build community. Besides performing with gospel choirs around the country, Lomax also boasts impressive jazz credentials. He has toured with the Delfeayo Marsalis Sextet and worked with notable artists such as Clark Terry, Marlon Jordan, Azar Lawrence, Bennie Maupin, Billy Harper, Nicholas Payton, Ellis Marsalis, and Wessel Anderson, among others.


Lomax holds a Doctor of Music Arts degree in composition from The Ohio State University. In January 2019, Lomax released 400: An Afrikan Epic, a composition that ambitiously tells the story of the Afrikan diaspora over the course of a 12 album cycle.  




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Tales of the Black Experience from 400: An Afrikan Epic (Musical Performance)

Feb 21, 2020, 7:00 PM-Feb 21, 2020, 8:30 PM

Community Folk Art Center


Tales of the Black Experience from 400: An Afrikan Epic

An evening with The Mark Lomax Quartet
and The Spring Colloquium for African American Studies

Please join us in celebrating the African Diaspora through musical performance and discussion.

The Mark Lomax Quartet will ambitiously tell the story of Black America through a suite from 400: An Afrikan Epic, a12-album cycle released in 2019. “400” is divided into thirds and explores thousands of years of the history that is pre-colonial Afrika, the Ma’afa (the 400 years between 1619 and 2019), and Afro-futurism expressing a vision of what Blacks in America will heal toward in the next 400 years; a healthy, high functioning, and united block of the African diaspora.

February 21, 2020 7pm-8:30pm

Community Folk Art Center | 805 E. Genesee Street | 315.442.2230 |


* If you need special accomodations please contact: Diorra Cole - 315-442-2230 or email:

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Veasley & Ghent Master Class (Musical Performance)

Feb 24, 2020, 7:00 PM-Feb 24, 2020, 8:30 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Veasley & Ghent 

will lead a master class and jam session, coaching local musicians of all ages in collaborative music making skills.

Monday, Feb 24th


805 E Genesee Street

Free and open to the public.

To participate in the master class, RSVP: or 315-442-2230




Syracuse university Humanities Center

Department of Art & Music Histories

Department of Religion

Rob Enslin


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Gerald Veasley and Jazmin Ghent - Panel Discussion  (Lectures and Talks)

Feb 25, 2020, 12:00 PM-Feb 24, 2020, 1:00 PM

114 Bird Library

CFAC presents

Gerald Veasley and Jazmin Ghent

Gerald Veasley, renowned bassist, founder of the Bass Boot Camp, musical host of the Berks Jazz Fest, and curator of the "Unscripted" Jazz Series; and fast-rising female saxophonist/vocalist/educator Jazmin Ghent-a Veasley protege and 2019 NAACP award winner- will reflect on their paths to success in the music industry, and coach a master class.

In context of Black History Month, they will take part in a panel discussion moderated by

Tanisha M. Jackson, Ph.D., Executive Director of CFAC

Location: Peter Graham Scholarly Commons

114 Bird Library

Monday, Feb 24,2020


Free and open to public.