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Ekene Ijeoma receives 2019 Creative Capital award

MIT Media Lab

Creative Capital supports artists working in all creative disciplines, providing each funded project with up to $50,000 in direct funding and career development services valued at $50,000, for a total commitment of up to $100,000 per project. Since 1999, Creative Capital has committed over $45 million in project funding and advisory support to 561 projects representing 700 artists.

Ekene Ijeoma received the award for The Green Book Project, a series of publications and interactive installations developed through storytelling and mapping workshops that reimagine the Negro Motorist Green Book for “traveling while Black” in today’s “New Jim Crows.” The series aspires to create visibility, accountability, and solidarity for the state of Black mobility and safety today as WEB Du Bois did for the state of Black life in America in 1900.

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Ekene Ijeoma's Deconstructed Anthems

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Deconstructed Anthems at the Day for Night festival.

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Emmy-winning pianist Kris Bowers, Blue-note recording artist/trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, and Grammy-nominated bassist Burniss Earl Travis perform Deconstructed Anthems.

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Burniss Earl Travis

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Ambrose Akinmusire

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Deconstructed Anthems is an ongoing series of music performances and light installations in which a self-playing piano and music ensemble deconstruct the Star-Spangled Banner, repeating it multiple times, removing notes at the rate of mass incarceration, and ending in silence. 

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