BlackLight Summit Keynote Speech: Dr. Gaynell Sherrod

BlackLight Summit Keynote Speech

Dr. Gaynell Sherrod
Friday, March 5, 2021 . 11PM
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Dr. Gaynell Sherrod, Associate Professor of Dance and Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University and Interim Executive Director of Phildanco, joins the BlackLight Summit's extraordinary cast of dance visionaries to deliver a keynote speech.


This event is part of The Clarice’s BlackLight Summit. To interrogate this unique historical moment, the BlackLight Summit seeks to be a spark that ignites daring innovation and reveals the creativity within the dance ecosystem in America. The inaugural BlackLight Summit is a year-long dance initiative that investigates how time, people, possibility and hope can come together to examine legacy, citizenship and scholarship. The summit asks, through the practice of being socially responsible within the arts: How do we create traditions? How do we transform them into enduring legacies?

The peak of the BlackLight Summit is a virtual three-day convening that features roundtable conversations, movement labs and artistic presentations from BlackLight featured artists Micaela Taylor, Johnnie Cruise Mercer, Candace Scarborough and Jamal Abrams. Our initiative aims to re-envision how dance can be a conduit to galvanize imagination, resilience, and inventiveness.