“Anika’s performance inspired me to be in touch with my own emotions and thoughts as a black woman. I am grateful for the honesty, grace, and power in each piece. It truly was a gift to experience.”–Elizabeth L.

Apr
29
Mon
CT Library Association Conference 2019 @ Mystic Marriot Hotel & Spa
Apr 29 @ 2:10 pm – 4:35 pm

 

How to Have Difficult Conversations About Race (Double Session)

Get tongue-tied in conversations about race? Want to learn more about your blind spots? Curious about what the view is like from “the other side of the fence”? Anika Nailah will use activities from her Langston Hughes-inspired book, Every Day in the USA: 30 Black Moments to sharpen your acumen for cross-racial interactions. The insights this workshop offers are needed in our nation now more than ever. [NOTE: This is a private workshop for CLA members only.]

 

May
2
Thu
Langston Hughes House Teen Workshop @ Langston Hughes House
May 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Anika is thrilled to announce that the I, Too Arts Collective will be hosting her interactive teen workshop at the Langston Hughes House in Harlem. for her book, Every Day in the USA: 30 Black Moments. The 30 Black Moments Experience is a healing, uplifting gathering that invites readers to engage with the illustrations in pairs and small groups. They learn the book’s connection to Langston Hughes’ Black Misery legacy, then choose a scenario from 30 Black Moments that speaks to them to create a remix of the illustration, resulting in new captions/dialogue, characters, poetry, illustration, etc., that expresses their own personal stories of resilience and triumph.

As a special treat, illustrator, C. Andrew Williams, will be making a virtual appearance from Oakland, CA during the Q & A.

All teens will receive a copy of the book beforehand, so they can come ready to interact and discuss. Seating is limited, so please RSVP to events@itooarts.com to register your students. [Anika will be available to sign books directly after the workshop. This event is FREE and open to the public.]

 

NYC Book Tour!
May 2 @ 4:00 pm – May 4 @ 6:00 pm

Join Anika on her 30 Black Moments NYC Book Tour! See you in New York!

May
31
Fri
Dissident Voices: Northampton, MA @ Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Smith College
May 31 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Anika is honored to be the featured artist of Da Camera Singers’ Spring Concert: Dissident Voices

She’ll be performing one of her own pieces, reading work from Langston Hughes as part of a celebration of African American composer, Margaret Bonds’ music, and narrating Lillian Hellman‘s words in the centerpiece of the concert: Leonard Bernstein’s “The Lark”. We welcome you. Please join us! This event is free and open to the public. There are 2 performances: this evening performance in Northampton, MA, and a matinee in Greenfield, MA.

Jun
2
Sun
Dissident Voices: Greenfield, MA @ Church of Saints James & Andrew
Jun 2 @ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Anika is honored to be the featured artist of Da Camera Singers’ Spring Concert: Dissident Voices

She’ll be performing one of her own pieces, reading work from Langston Hughes as part of a celebration of African American composer, Margaret Bonds’ music, and narrating Lillian Hellman‘s words in the centerpiece of the concert: Leonard Bernstein’s “The Lark”. We welcome you. Please join us! This event is free and open to the public. There are 2 performances: one evening performance in Northampton, MA, and this matinee in Greenfield, MA.

Jul
17
Wed
The Encampment in Camarillo CA @ California State University, Channel Islands
Jul 17 – Jul 21 all-day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This summer, Anika will again be part of a diverse, residential, social justice community  that will strive to help 16 and 18 year-olds from across the country find their leadership identity. For three weeks, adult staff and the youth live together on the Cal State University, Channel Islands campus as part of a participatory democracy immersion experience called The Encampment, in which the young people will create lasting friendships, attend workshops, hear speakers, devise their own community government, go on field trips. research social justice issues, and engage in art-making activities–digital storytelling, writing, dance, poetry performance, etc. As a culminating event (open to the public) on July 20, they will make group presentations to  an inter-generational audience of Encampers and Encampment alumni, and leave having identified a social justice issue in their community that they will develop an action plan for. Anika will be coordinating the Encampment Regional Advisory Board of Western MA that will support new and old Encampers in the Western, MA, staff , and community leaders to nurture the young people and cultivate their plans for their communities. Watch this video to learn more.

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