Echoes of Expression: Homegoing through Jazz and Art – NEA Big Read Book Club Series @ East Elmhurst Library – Book Club #3

Join us for “Echoes of Expression,” a multi-sensory exploration of the acclaimed book “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi.

This free book club series spans five unique events that integrate the novel’s powerful themes with live jazz performances, art creation, and engaging discussions. Our third book club event’s theme will be about Laughter & Tears.

If you are interested in participating in the series held at NJMH, please visit THIS event page.

This event is free and open to the public!

 

Event Details:

Kick-off Event:
Embark on your “Homegoing” experience at our opening event, featuring a cultural showcase with remarks from the author Yea Gyasi, vibrant live performances, and an interactive art exhibit.

All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the book.

Three Book Clubs:
Participate in three engaging book clubs where each session uniquely combines literature with jazz and art to deepen the understanding of “Homegoing’s” narratives:

  • History and Storytelling: Explore historical themes enhanced by live jazz and interactive art workshops.
  • Freedom and Struggle: Examine the book’s themes of liberty and conflict through thematic performances and artistic creations.
  • Laughter and Tears: Delve into the emotional spectrum of the book accompanied by expressive music and art

Culminating Event (at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem):
58 W 129th St Ground Floor, 2203, New York, NY 10027

The series concludes with a celebration of the insights and artistic expressions generated from the discussions and activities. This final event features community-led dialogues and a closing jazz performance that encapsulates the themes of “Homegoing,” honoring the shared exploration.

Join us in celebrating this unique exploration of literature, music, and art. Your presence enriches these transformative experiences.

Jaimee Todd is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist who currently works and resides in New York City.She has exhibited her work in various prominent venues which include Instagram headquarters, Apple, the National Black Theatre, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Rutgers University-Newark, and the U.S. State Department.

Recognized for her talent and contributions to the arts, Todd was recently selected as an artist fellow through the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning ARTworks program.In addition to her exhibitions, Todd has published in a number of publications, including All She Makes Magazine and Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora.

Loli de la Rosa is a guitarist, composer, producer and educator from Puerto Rico based in New York City since 2021. Although new to New York, de la Rosa has already headlined and performed at some of the city’s leading venues, such as The Jazz Gallery, Birdland, Smalls Jazz Club and Ornithology Jazz Club. She currently occupies the guitar chair in the Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) blues workshop band and program manager of Next Jazz Legacy.

Support and Partnerships:

This series is generously funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest Big Read program. We are grateful for the partnership with Queens Public Library, which has been instrumental in bringing this enriching event to our community.

Sat, Jun 15
3:00 pm

East Elmhurst Library: 95-06 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst, NY 11369

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