Online Guest Talk: Jazz As Global Citizenship, with Arturo O’Farrill

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation

This event is open to all

Apr 12

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Russell Hall 101

Gottesman Libraries 1st Floor

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Arturo O’Farrill will share from a series of lecture material that demonstrates how his creative practice is a reflection of his principles as regards social re-imaginings.


"Jazz as Global Citizenry" is the lecture where the bulk of the presentation will come from. The examples shared will come from his own compositions and from the history of musical activism in the classic jazz repertoire. A presentation of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance history and mission will also take place.


Arturo O’Farrill, pianist, composer, and educator, was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Arturo’s professional career began with the Carla Bley Band and continued as a solo performer with a wide spectrum of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte. In 2007, he founded the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the performance, education, and preservation of Afro Latin music. Arturo’s well-reviewed and highly praised “Afro-Latin Jazz Suite” from the album CUBA: The Conversation Continues (Motéma) took the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition as well as the 2016 Latin Grammy Award (his fifth Grammy) for Best Latin Jazz Recording. In addition, his composition “Three Revolutions” from the album Familia-Tribute to Chico and Bebo also received the Best Instrumental Composition Grammy in 2018.


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Library Poster- Artivism- O'Farrill


Poster Image: Book Cover for Illuminations of Social Imagination: Learning From Maxine Greene, Courtesy of Artist Ricardo Rodríguez


Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation, is energized by the recently published book, Illuminations of Social Imagination: Learning From Maxine Greene, (Dio Press, 2019), edited by Courtney Weida, Dolapo Adeniji-Neill, and Carolina Cambronero-Varela.

"The concept for this book is inspired by the late Maxine Greene (2000), who described her enduring philosophical focus and legacy of social imagination as “the capacity to invent visions of what should be and what might be in our deficient society, on the streets where we live, in our schools” (p. 5). The purpose of this volume is to examine and illuminate the roles of community organizers and educators who are changing lives through public art and community arts projects. This research originally emerged from a well-attended 2018 conference presentation and exhibition at Teachers College, Columbia University, engaging with the local and international community of arts education and arts administration."

-- Publisher's Description


Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation offers multimodal events where presenters share how art, research, community outreach, and other endeavors serve to transform the status quo and nurture change for continuous action in search of a more just society. The mission of this interdisciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration is to engage people in changing society through the power of art. The program is jointly sponsored by Adelphi University, Sing for Hope, and Gottesman Libraries.



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Poster: Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation, Courtesy of Jenna Ventura, Adelphi University Class of 2021

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