Folk Alliance International Announces Artist In Residence Program
February 13, 2017 at 1:40 PM (PT)
FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL (FAI) has unveiled the projects for the 2017 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE (AIR) PROGRAM. Now in its third year, the annual AIR program develops partnerships to foster cultural cross-pollination and nurture artistic growth. The announcement comes in connection with the organization's 29th annual conference at the WESTIN CROWN CENTER HOTEL in KANSAS CITY, MO. on FEBRUARY 17th and 18th.
This year FAI has created two projects featuring different artists, each related to the human side of justice, with artists working from both sides of prison walls. The 2017 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE projects are BLUES BEHIND BARS, with acclaimed ITALIAN-CANADIAN blues musician RITA CHIARELLI, and POETIC JUSTICE, with LATIN-AMERICAN band MAKING MOVIES and veteran KANSAS CITY policeman/poet OCTAVIO "CHATO' VILLALOBOS.
The BLUES BEHIND BARS project pairs the TOPEKA WOMEN'S CORRECTIONAL FACILITY with RITA CHIARELLI. Together, they will assemble a choir to perform a concert, with the intention to keep the choral program going beyond the AIR project. The presentation of a short documentary about this project will be shown on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17th at 1p (CT), in the CENTURY C BALLROOM of the WESTIN CROWN CENTER HOTEL in KANSAS CITY, MO..
The POETIC JUSTICE project teams up MAKING MOVIES and VILLALOBOS to create a soundscape-based performance piece that accompanies a live recitation of the latter's poem, “Brown Eyes in Blue,” which addresses the complex feelings and sometimes conflicting roles of being a HISPANIC police officer during a contentious era of law enforcement’s relationship with minority communities. In 2016, his poem was recited in a public reading by JUAN FELIPE HERRERA, the first LATINO poet laureate of the UNITED STATES. The presentation of this project at the conference will take place on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17th, at 1p (CT) in the CENTURY C BALLROOM.
Event presentations happen during FAI’s 29th annual conference at the WESTIN CROWN CENTER HOTEL on FEBRUARY 17th, preceding ANI DiFRANCO’s keynote at 1p (CT), and on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18th, preceding BILLY BRAGG’s keynote at 4p (CT). Both events take place in the CENTURY C BALLROOM.
A platform for emerging talent, FAI’s conference is the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry. Official showcases offer artists from around the globe the opportunity to perform for hundreds of presenters (bookers for festivals, venues, and concert series) agents, managers, media, and music industry representatives from 20 different countries.