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Playing the Guitar

The Prelude Series

About the series...

Produced by Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Fest, ARTDACITY is a conversational style series that explores the intersections of the arts, civic engagement and the lived experiences between Black and Brown creative entrepreneurs and communities-at-large.

We hope that this series: 

  • Gives visibility and voice to Black and Brown creative entrepreneurs and small business owners  so that audiences can support them.

  • Provide a platform that edu-tains (educates and entertains) and empowers audiences to increase their level of civic engagement and resourcefulness with each other and in support of the Black creative economy.


2022 Season

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Season 2, Episode 4 | August 25
The Money Chase

Cierra Peters and Emily Ruddock

Moderator: Oompa
Sponsored by Amazon and The Boston Cultural Council

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Season 2, Episode 3 | May 25
The Road to BAMS Festival 2022

Paul Willis, Naomi Westwater and Eli Pabon

Moderator: Corey Manning
Sponsored by Amazon and The Boston Cultural Council

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Season 2, Episode 2 | April 28
Renaissance is Now: Jazz Appreciation

Dzidzor, Bill Banfield and Gregory Groover Jr

Moderator: Amanda Shea
Sponsored by Amazon

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Season 2, Episode 1 | March 24
View from Above: Black women breaking who are barriers unapologetically

Ariell R. Johnson & Nieisha Deed

Moderator: Sheena Collier
Sponsored by Amazon

Thank you to 2022 our sponsors + supporters

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2021 Season

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Season 1, Episode 1 | March 25
Cadence with Action: Black women breaking barriers unapologetically

Elle Simone, Brandie Blaze and Aysha Upchurch

Moderator: Arielle Gray

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Season 1, Episode 2 | April 29
BeWords: Lyrics, Legacy & Love - Tribute to Keith "Guru" Elam

Tricia Elam Walker, Justin Ruff, Big Shug, Edo G and Bakari JB

Moderator: Dart Adams

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Season 1, Episode 3 | June 21
Growing Black Culture through an Economic Lens

Lenny S. and Catherine T. Morris

Moderator: Gregory V. Ball
Sponsored by King Boston

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Season 1, Episode 4| June 23
Marketing in the Digital Era: Breaking Through the Noise


Gina Miller, Andrew Faraone, Thomas Cussins and LaTecia Johnson

Moderator: Octavius Crouch


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Season 1, Episode 5| August 26
The Soul in Food - Necessity of Black Restaurants and Chefs


Nia Grace and Kwasi Kwaa

Moderator: Quontay Turner

Sponsored by King Boston and Amazon

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Season 1, Episode 6| September 15
The Queendom of Elma Lewis


Helen Credle and Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga

Moderator: Priscilla Andrade

Sponsored by King Boston and Amazon

Partnership with The Elma Center Lewis

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Season 1, Episode 7| October 28
#DadJoy - The Impact of Fatherhood on Visual Artistry


Jason Talbot, Thomas "Kwest" Thomas and Cagen Luse

Moderator: Jae Williams

Sponsored by King Boston and Amazon

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Season 1, Episode 8| November 18
Put Some Respect On It: Mind, Body and Soul


Dr. Charmain Jackman and Cliff Notez

Moderator: Imari Paris Jeffries

Sponsored by King Boston and Amazon

Thank you to 2021 our sponsors + supporters

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