651 ARTS’ Second Annual Juneteenth Celebration: Sonic Liberation Co-presented with Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and The Center for Fiction
651 ARTS, in association with Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and The Center for Fiction, presents its Second Annual Juneteenth Celebration: Sonic Liberation with DJ Reborn and Friends hosted by dancer/choreographer and STooPS founder Kendra J. Ross. Centering around the role that sound plays in the quest towards freedom, this year’s Celebration will include a day of events and activities featuring a panel discussion at The Center for Fiction, community DJ lessons, and a dance party – both to be held on the Plaza at 300 Ashland in Downtown Brooklyn, on Saturday, June 18th from 1pm – 8:30 pm.
Co-curated by DJ Reborn – a pioneering female DJ whose influence extends into other influential artist rites of passage activities – and 651 ARTS’ Chief Curator and Director of Programs Monica L. Williams, this year’s Juneteenth Celebration focuses on the concept of Black women as sound ambassadors and griots, and reflects on the legacy of somatic healing, intimacy and emancipation present in Black expressive culture, and sonic practices.
The day will begin at the Plaza at 300 Ashland with an invocation and live drumming followed by the opening panel at The Center for Fiction, “Sonic Liberation: In Conversation with DJ Reborn,” featuring a panel of world-renowned Brooklyn-based artists, including singer/musician Madison McFerrin, American contemporary painter Kara Walker, Tony-nominated Broadway actress Kara Young and global sonic scholar Lynnée Denise. The discussion will be moderated by Monica L. Williams and will spotlight the role of sonic liberation in Black art and Black womanhood.
The next part of the day will happen at the Plaza with Kendra J. Ross leading a line dancing demonstration followed by DJ Reborn and other Black women mixmasters providing one-on-one DJ lessons for all ages. 651’s Juneteenth Celebration will culminate with the Sonic Liberation Dance Party. Opening with Brooklyn Technical Highschool Lady Dragons, the dance party will draw from African Diasporic genres ranging from jazz, gospel, future soul, hip hop, dance, afrobeat, and more with DJ sets from multidisciplinary artists and world-renowned DJs Quinnette, Lynnée Denise and Reborn.