June 11

Jadele McPherson

A performance artist, singer, actress, scholar, and cultural organizer. McPherson has presented performance & scholarship at the ADRSA and KOSANBA Conferences at Harvard University (2013). She was in the original cast of PARTY PEOPLE at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2012 season and an ensemble member of UNIVERSES. After completing the EMERGENYC program at NYU her final performance was entitled WaterRain. Infusing AfroCuban genres into interdisciplinary arts projects, as a teacher and performer she is committed to AfroLatin@ arts education, community building, and traditional arts as a healing response to trauma and division in multicultural communities. lukumiart.com/lead-organizers

Photo Credit: Melissa Bunni Elian


Spirit Ensemble

Founded in 1983 by Zeleka Jenkins and Jummy Cruiz. With a long and dynamic history, the Spirit Ensemble has established itself as the primary source for music that traverses the African Diaspora. The enchanting sounds of the mbira, kora, bala, steel pan and bamboo flute comprise the essence of Spirit's sound and provide the foundation for rhythmic travels. Select performances include Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York), Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors (New York), the New Orleans Jazz Festival (Lousiana) and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (D.C). The band comprises 6 core members and perform with as many as 8 members. mbirasanctuary.com/ensembles/spirit-ensemble


Sunday, June 11*

Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education
928 Simpson St

2 PM: Jadele McPherson workshop


Msgr Raul Del Valle Square / Hunts Point 6 Train Plaza

3 PM: Spirit Ensemble

*Presented in partnership with Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc