Reception Tuesday 2/17, 6-8: Art of Black Dance and Music, 40 years of artistic expression, on display at CCTV’s Karen Aqua Gallery

Reception Tuesday 2/17, 6-8: Art of Black Dance and Music, 40 years of artistic expression, on display at CCTV’s Karen Aqua Gallery

De Ama Battle and Art of Black Dance and Music mark 40 years of artistic expression at CCTV's Karen Aqua Gallery.

  • Posted on: 13 February 2015
  • By: MauriceW

De Ama Battle sat down last Thursday for an interview during my Spring Affair CCR music show. De Ama Battle is the CEO and Founder of 
Art of Black Dance and Music. De Ama Battle is also a native Cantabrigian. Back in 1975 she founded Art of Black Dance and Music (ABDM) . She serves as its director. ABDM is celebrating 40 years of presenting and producing, teaching African culture, music and dance in the Greater Boston area.

De Ama Battle’s background has solidly rooted in bridging cultural divides through art as well as uniting communities. Prior to founding the ABDM De Ama has worked with neighborhood youth and teens adults. The ABDM shares is messages with local schools, community centers, Boys and Girls and many youth organizations. ABDM teaches youth and adults about African culture, music, dance. Folklore arts and education are important to De Ama Battle and they are on display at the Karen Aqua Gallery inside the halls of CCTV.

Art of Black Dance and Music performance photos art are currently on display at the Karen Aqua Gallery. 20 poster boards from Press Releases to Production photos are cascading the halls of CCTV. Each poster board contains 10 to 15 years of rich Dance and Music history.

The Karen Aqua Gallery is located inside Cambridge Community Television, 
438 Massachusetts Avenue. Karen Aqua knew firsthand the impact of 
Art of Black Dance and Music. She was a former student of De Ama’s. De Ama was very exuberant when talking about being featured in the gallery. “I am so pleased to be able to display something in her gallery.”

Art of Black Dance and Music exhibit is featured through March. Now through March 4, 2015 you can check out the exhibit at CCTV. 
Art of Black Dance and Music continues to bring families together. Saturday mornings from 10:30am to 12:30pm, Art of Black Dance and Music teaches and shares cultural expression with families near Dudley Square. For those who desire more information, they can go to www.ABDM.net.

For an appreciator of arts, Cambridge has a rich history of dance and expression. The exhibit seeks to reach out to the public at large but even a more direct targeting push. ABDM is simultaneously reaching out to people who are in the posters from the Cambridge area. According to De Ama, multiple generations have literally stepped and dance their way through the doors of Art of Black Dance and Music. Her hope is to have children, parent and grandparent alums viewing, reminiscing and marking this Cambridge institution’s historical significance.

During this year’s winter with its isolating seclusion, there is a reason to get outside besides just shoveling. We’re getting snow, its a fact of living in Cambridge and the northeast. I don’t even want to tell you how much snow is on the way. Frankly, it is depressing because I don’t know where to stash the snow this weekend, let alone next week. If you have to dust off the boots to go to the frozen world, you have a reason to treat yourself. The next time you’re traveling through Central going to your next destination; i.e. home, store, food etc, remember you’re just a few steps away from CCTV and their media artists. Shake off the cold and warm your heart through discovery of local arts and history. Special Thanks to Ms. De Ama Battle for sitting down with us last Thursday on CCR on Spring Affair.

Comments

Happy to learn about this -- will look forward to seeing the exhibit and hearing more. Thanks, Maurice and De Ama.
Mary Holbrow