Oct 15, 2013 11:51 AM

National Medal of the Arts winner to speak at UL

Joan Myers Brown, the founder of The Philadelphia Dance Company and recent recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, will share a public conversation on the UL campus Thursday evening.

D'Weston Haywood, professor of Black History at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, will facilitate the conversation. Brown will speak at 5:30 p.m. in Room 112 Olivier Hall at UL. Admission is free.

Brown serves as honorary chairperson for the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD), an organization she established in 1991. She also founded the International Conference of Black Dance Companies in 1988. She is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, which bestowed upon her an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts; is a member of the dance faculty at Howard University in Washington, D.C.; and has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Penn.

Listed in Who's Who in America and described as an "innovator and communicator," Brown has made significant contributions to the national and international arts communities.

Brown is in Lafayette as part of the artistic cast and crew of the Apollo Theater's James Brown: Get on the Good Foot, A Celebration in Dance, which will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Heymann Performing Arts Center. The presentation is the opening event of the ACA/PASA Mainstage Series.



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