Seeing with Sound: AVIA and Jack Straw Accessible Youth Art Workshops
Naima Lowe: Aren't They All Just Love Songs Anyway?
In December 2019 Jack Straw and Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences (AVIA) presented an accessible music improvisation workshop at Jack Straw with Jack Straw Artist Naima Lowe and her father, jazz musician Bill Lowe. The workshop was presented in conjunction with Naima's collaborative New Media Gallery installation Aren't They All Just Love Songs Anyway?, which explores the expansive reach of Black musical traditions, and draws on the tenuous relationship between Black trauma and Black joy.
First, AVIA's Jesse Minkert desribed the installation for the visually impaired attendees, discussing the visual elements of the installation, which included two projected videos, works on paper on the walls, and a rope sculpture hanging from the ceiling. Then Bill and Naima talked about the importance of rhythm and improvisation in Black music, and led the group in creating their own music together.