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Carlton Turner ~ Keynote and reception
November 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pmFree
Imagining the Reintegration of Art and Humanity sounds like the title for an liberal arts college course, but it is more of a call to action for all of those interested in understanding the answers to the greatest challenges of our time. This talk will examine the connection between the commodification of art as a product and the separation of art from cultural practice and purpose and the impact of that disconnection on the development of our collective humanity.
Carlton Turner is the Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS, a regional nonprofit arts organization based in the south supporting artists working at the intersection of arts and social justice.
Carlton Turner is cofounder and coartistic director, along with his brother Maurice Turner, of the group M.U.G.A.B.E.E. (Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction). M.U.G.A.B.E.E. is a Mississippibased performing arts group that blends of jazz, hiphop, spoken word poetry and soul music together with nontraditional storytelling.
Carlton is currently on the board of Appalshop, First People’s Fund, Imagining America, and an advisory member to the National Theater Project at New England Foundation for the Arts. Carlton is a member of the We Shall Overcome Fund Advisory Committee at the Highlander
Research and Education Center, a steering committee member of the Arts x Culture x Social Justice Network, and former Network of Ensemble Theaters steering committee member.
In 2011 Carlton was awarded the M. Edgar Rosenblum award for outstanding contribution to Ensemble Theater by Irondale Ensemble Project in Brooklyn, NY. In 2013 Carlton was named to the Kennedy Center Honors Artist Advisory Board alongside Debbie Allen, Maria De Leon, and Ping Chong. M.U.G.A.B.E.E. is a recipient of the 2015 Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre recipient.
Carlton lives in Utica, MS with his wife Brandi and three children Jonathan, Xiauna Lin, and Tristan.
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