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NEXTfest Humanities Programming 2022
September 25, 2022
at the Josephine Butler Parks Center
2437 15th St NW, Washington DC 20009








11:45 am – Land acknowledgment & libation

Day 2 of NEXTfest begins with a land acknowledgment and libation led by Afia Aboagyewaa, who brings greetings by way of the National Shrines Of Afrika in America.


1:00 pm – Dante’ Pope: performance/clinic

Drummer, singer and educator Dante’ Pope will entertain and engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds on a journey through Black American Music.


3:00 pm – Akua Allrich: performance/clinic

Akua Allrich brings her blend of inspiration and cultural transmission, with a performance and musical demonstration that will explore the voice as both an instrument and a storytelling device.


4:00 pm – Drum workshop & performance

The Honest Politix lead an interactive go-go workshop, where participants of all musical-experience levels will be invited to partake in a communal exploration of the go-go sound and deepen their connections with D.C.’s cultural heritage.



12:00-4:00 pm – Musical Petting Zoo

Sponsored by the Kenny Lattimore Foundation, this activity — geared toward the young and young-at-heart — showcases a wide variety of instruments and allows participants to discover the many sounds of those instruments first-hand, as well as their function and their place in a larger cultural context.

4:30 pm – Remembering Josephine Butler

Our festival concludes with a dedication of the Josephine Butler Library, as Steve Coleman and Dr. Maurice Jackson join with members of the Butler family to discuss the life and legacy of Josephine Butler, whose tireless leadership helped shape nearly every major social-change initiative in Washington from the 1930s until her passing in 1997.

12:15 pm – Monetizing DC Art

Sponsored by Long Live Go-Go and moderated by Justin “Yaddiya” Johnson, this panel of artists — Chris Pyrate, Ashley Jaye Williams and Jordan Bailey — will explore methods for turning artistic craft into pathways for material success.

1:30 pm – DC Statehood Now

Panelists Eugene D. Kinlow (director, DC Mayor’s Office of Federal and Regional Affairs) and Dr. Maurice Jackson (associate professor of History and African American Studies, and affiliated professor of jazz music, Georgetown University; NEXTfest’s lead scholar) will discuss historic and contemporary issues surrounding the movement for DC statehood.

2:30 pm – DC Culture in the Classroom

Presented by The MusicianShip, veteran arts educators Izzy Bell, Keeta Jones, Dante’ Pope, and Na'Vaughn Martin survey the state of cultural education in the DMV’s K-12 school system.

3:30 pm – Go-Go as a Weapon of Culture

In a conversation moderated by Dr. Jocelyn Imani (NEXTfest’s humanities director), panelists Cherie “Sweet Cherie” Mitchell-Augurs, Donnell “DFloyd” Floyd, and Thomas Porter discuss the function of go-go music as a source of identity and pride, and unpack the history of go-go as an indigenous form of DC culture that faces wide-ranging contemporary challenges to its survival.

5:00 pm – Intergenerational Artistry

Sponsored by The MusicianShip, an intergenerational panel of Chancellor Jay, Amya Foster, Stacey Williams, and Nasar Abadey highlight the necessity of communion, connection, and shared knowledge between people of diverse age groups and industry experience.

12:00 pm – DC Funk Parade

Sponsored by The MusicianShip, the 2021 documentary DC Funk Parade explores the history of the U Street NW corridor’s centrality within an ever-changing city, from the street’s roots as America’s “Black Broadway” up through its existence today as host for the annual DC Funk Parade. Will feature a talkback after the screening.

1:30 pm – Go-Go City

Sponsored by Long Live Go-Go, Go-Go City dives into the culture and sound of the DC region and the many forms of gentrification that pose a constant existential threat to the survival of the city’s culture. Will feature a talkback after the screening.

3:00 pm – Barry Farm: Community, Land, and
Injustice in Washington, DC 
This film tells the story of the Barry Farm housing development and the land’s many cycles of place and displacement, painting a broad picture of issues facing DC and the United States. Will feature a talkback with filmmaker Sabiyha Prince after the screening.

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