Page Settings

  • Show menu: false
  • Use horizontal menu: false
  • Show sidebar: right
  • Skip to main content

    Cornerstone Arts Week 2020

    Central Questions

    • Who decides what “art” is, who gets to make it, and who it's for?
    • What space exists between dominant and marginalized communities with regard to what art is seen, heard, published, or produced?
    • How does art navigate the spaces that exist between people, confront the inequities that emerge, and the power structures that drive them?

    Cornerstone Arts Week Events

    Monday January 27th 

    Performing Arts Community Meeting

    An open forum and dialogue on Performing Arts at CC. All members of the campus and community are welcome! 

    Cornerstone Screening Room, 4:00pm


    Tuesday January 28th

    Panel Discussion: Finding the Foothold: Artist in Conversation on Art and Inclusion

    Participants: Raven Chacon, William Cordova, Baseera Khan, and Anna Tsouhlarakis 

    Celeste Theatre, 7:30pm

    UPDATED_CC_Finding the Foothold 11x17_v3

    Wednesday January 29th

    Keynote Address: Lift Every Voice

    Kevin Young

    Celeste Theatre, 7:30pm


    Thursday January 30th

    Reading by from Split Tooth

    Tanya Tagaq

    Cornerstone Screening Room, 3:00pm

    Split Tooth is the debut novel by Canadian musician Tanya Tagaq, published in 2018. Based in part on her own personal journals, the book tells the story of a young Inuk woman growing up in the Canadian Arctic in the 1970s. The book has been described as a blend of fiction, memoir, poetry and Inuit folklore.


    CC Composer Concert 

    Featuring: Iddo Aharony, breathwatersoundcannon (World Premiere) featuring poet Layli Long Soldier, Ofer Ben-Amots, Songs from the Pomegranate Garden, Grace Hall'20, Thorne Miniatures (World Premiere) Jordan Schrage'20, Arc of the Lunar Pedigree (World Premiere). 

    This concert features the premier of “breathwatersoundcannon,” a work for bass-flute, live electronics, and video. This collaborative piece will be performed by Chicago-based flutist Shanna Pranaitis, with CC music professor Iddo Aharony, controlling the live electronic processing of the bass-flute in real-time. The video for the piece was shot and directed by filmmaker Arom Choi, visiting professor at CC’s Film and Media Studies. The video merges images of the natural and personal, including a performance by CC theatre professor Mónica Sanchez. “breathwatersoundcannon” was inspired by the poetry of Layli Long Soldier, and specifically by her poem “Resolution 2” which is woven into the fabric of the piece in different ways, including through Long Soldier’s own recorded voice.

    NOTE: Composer and artists discussion panel from 6:45-7:15 (before the concert) for those interested

    Packard Hall, 7:30pm


    Friday January 31st 

    Vocal Master Class 

    Christina Martos (soprano) and Debra Ayers (piano) 

    Packard Hall, 3:00pm

    Keynote Performance: Retribution 

    Tanya Tagaq and Ensemble 

    Celeste Theatre , 7:30pm


    Featured Artists

    KevingYoung-14Kevin Young

    Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Young is widely regarded as one of the leading poets of his generation. Also an editor, essayist, and curator, he has published 11 books of poetry and the nonfiction book “Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News,” which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award. He will give the keynote address entitled Lift Every Voice.


    Tanya Tagaq

    Tagaq will be joined by her ensemble in delivering the keynote performance, “Retribution.” A member of the Order of Canada, Polaris Music Prize and JUNO Award winner and recipient of multiple honorary doctorates, Tagaq is one of the country’s most original and celebrated artists. The experimental vocalist and artist won the Polaris Prize for best Canadian album in 2014 for “Animism. She followed that with “Retribution,” an album even more challenging and musically and politically aggressive.

    Related Links

    Kevin Young's Website

    Tanya Tagaq's Website

    Split Tooth Book