The Chicago Series
We will highlight local artists from Chicago on their views surrounding the state of black performance and what they would like to see AAMPA
address as the first arts institution who puts the artist’s voice first.
September – December 2021
Chicago’s South Side Artists
January – March 2022
Chicago’s West Side Artists
Global Artist Series
April – June 2022
Global interviews surrounding controversial topics from the past
phases that deserve an extension exploration.
Kenny Keys is a keyboardist, pianist, composer, producer, session musician and teacher of music. He has collaborated and played with an array of esteemed musicians, including: the late queen of soul Aretha Franklin, Steve Arrington & Slave, Buddy Guy, Donell Jones, Jon B, Chico DeBarge, and others.This class will cover four areas: History/Fundamentals, Harmonic Expansions, Contextual Listening, and Harmonic Dictation.
Co-founder Harry Lennix will host a two-phased master course.
Part I: What is Acting?
Different components of the craft
Ontological elements—existence of being
What are the obligations of being an actor?
Part II: Acting: Theory and Praxis
Examining the process of translating theory into action
Award-winning actor, director, comedian and writer Robert Townsend will lend his expertise to host Script To Screen, a course on best practices for producing a successful movie from a screenplay.
Thank you for your continued support of the African American Museum for the Performing Arts (AAMPA). All proceeds support the development and implementation of AAMPA’s programs and underwrites master classes for the next generation of African American students and performers.