Thursday, May 25, 2017

r.n. musecat - 5/25/17 (Including artists talk tomorrow!)

r. n. musecat
The renaissance negresse museletter/catalog

Art | Inspiration | Community

by Cassendre Xavier

Thursday, May 25, 2017

TABLE OF CONTENTS
1)WHO IS THE RENAISSANCE NEGRESSE?
2)ARTIST TALK TOMORROW!
3)UPCOMING EVENTS
4)FUNDRAISING UPDATE
5)THE RENAISSANCE NEGRESSE CATALOG OF CURIOUS CREATIONS


CONTENTS OF TABLE

1)WHO IS THE RENAISSANCE NEGRESSE?
Haitian-American multi-media healing artist Cassendre Xavier coined the term *"renaissance negresse" in 2002. A musician, writer, fine artist, and actress, Cassendre (who also has created under the names Amethyste Rah, Amrita Waterfalls, and Endowed Goddess) says the term describes a black woman who is skilled or gifted in 3 or more arts. Xavier is a recipient of a $15,000 Leeway Transformation Award which "supports women and trans artists creating art for social change". Cassendre founded and directed several Philadelphia arts initiatives including The Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002) and The Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003). She also teaches classes, and leads or co-leads workshops and support groups related to creativity, personal growth, recovery (from abuse and addictions), and relationships. She is originally from Brooklyn, NY and has been living creatively and joyfully in Philadelphia since 1990. [*"Negresse, Negre: In the French- and Spanish-speaking Caribbean Islands, these words often have a connotation of affection, entirely non-racial in meaning. `Ma petite negresse, mon negre, are equivalent to `My dear, my darling, my sweet.'" [From Masters of the Dew, a contemporary classic novel by the Haitian author Jacques Roumain, translated by Langston Hughes and Mercer Cook.]

2)ARTIST TALK TOMORROW!
Hello, Friends & Total Complete Strangers!

Just want to let you know I will be a panelist on an artists' talk tomorrow, Friday, May 26th, sometime after Phoebe's performance at 7:30pm. Joining me will be all the artists present, including my friend, poet Angel Hogan.

Location:
Pete Checchia Photo & Art Gallery on Thurs. June 8th, 6:30pm, 735 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19123

A little about it:

Part of an exhibit called I/We In/Out Our/Own.
Curator: Heather Raquel Phillips
http://www.heatheraquelphilllips.com
Remaining dates: May 26th, and June 8th
Permanent install artists:
Eric Anthony Berdis

Closing reception:
Thursday June 8th
6:30pm - Cassendre Xavier (poetry) http://cassendrexavier.wordpress.com
7:30pm - Angel Hogan performs (poetry) http://angelhogan.com

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(after writing all that I Googled the Facebook event and found this copy, from the artist, but I won't delete what I wrote!)
I/We In/Out Our/Own is a show featuring work & performances by artists who create spaces outside of normative margins, work that demostrates the refusal of negation. The exhibition calls to question not merely the need for equal rights but rather potential alternatives. We ask the question, what happens when you refuse what has been historically refused to you?

Curated by:
Heather Raquel Phillips

Opening reception second Thursday, May 11th, 6-9:30 pm
Performance @7:30 pm by Eric Anthony Berdis
Performance @8:30 pm by Gabriel Ojeda-Sague

Visual Install by:
Liz Barr
Phoebe Wilde (nee Wang)
Eric Anthony Berdis

Performance Friday, May 26th @7:30 pm by:
Phoebe Wilde

Closing Reception second Thursday, June 8th 6-9:30 pm
Performance @6:30 pm Cassendre Xavier
Performance @7:30 pm Angel Hogan
Performance @8:30 pm Betty Smithsonian

3)UPCOMING EVENTS
Reading poetry at Pete Checchia Photo & Art Gallery on Thurs. June 8th, 6:30pm, 735 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19123

Singing at the Lansdowne Farmer's Market, 30 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne PA, on Saturday June 24th, 10:30am-12:30pm. Cassendre has written for Wisdom Magazine's webzine since 2009. For more information about her upcoming workshop "Remembering to Dream: Focusing on the Positive Throughout Life's Challenges", or her other projects, visit Cassendre at http://cassendrexavier.wordpress.com

Singing, reading poetry, doing workshops, and moderating artist and audience discussions at 11th Black Women's Arts Festival (Sat-Sun, Sept. 30 & Oct 1 at www.TheRotunda.org, 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia 19104).

Facilitating the workshop Soulmate Attraction for the Rest of Us: Dating & Relationships for the Polyamorous, Recovering, Survivor & Tantric. Monday, Sept. 18th, 6:30pm-8:30pm, at www.TheRotunda.org, 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia 19104). $20 Admission


4)FUNDRAISING UPDATE
Recent grants received:

$2,500 Leeway March 2017 Art & Change Grant, to produce the 11th Black Women's Arts Festival

Love gifts received in the mail... Thank you!

Patrons:

My $10,000 Fundraiser for all of 2017. https://www.gofundme.com/CXInspiration2017

My Paypal link: http://paypal.me/CXInspiration

Checks/money order donations:
PAYABLE TO: Cassendre Xavier
Mail to: Cassendre Xavier
c/o Bindlestiff Books
4530 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19143-3705


5)THE RENAISSANCE NEGRESSE CATALOG OF CURIOUS CREATIONS
a)Wisdom Magazine articles
I've been writing for Wisdom Magazine's online edition since March 2009, and you can see my articles at: http://wisdom-magazine.com/ArticleArchives.aspx?isLike=true&author=cassendre%20xavier
b)Musical & guided meditation albums and tracks:
c)YouTube videos
Music, poetry, guided meditations, humor, raw food stuffs, and much, much more at http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier 
d)Free, 24-hour Inspiration Line 215-552-8850


Thank you to all of my friends who care, and to all my supporters of various kinds. You who know who you are!


In art, community, and joy no matter what,

Cassendre Xavier
renaissance negresse
multi-media healing artist & organizer
humyn, being.
http://cassendrexavier.wordpress.com


(c) Copyright 2017 by Cassendre Xavier. All rights reserved, and never let it be said!







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