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The Prelude Series

About the series...

The term prelude is defined as an action or event serving as an introduction to something more important.*

 

Created in 2015, The Prelude was a traveling multi-disciplinary series that edutained (educate and entertain), engaged and helped to empower audiences of color redefine how they experienced and accessed arts, music and culture in public and private spaces across Greater Boston. With the initial premise to serve as an introductory series pre-BAMS Festival, we learned quickly about the necessity of this program.

 

This series had given voice, visibility and creative experimentation to Black and Brown recording, performing and visual artists to share their talents, explore their ideas and unveil their humanity with broad audiences. From live music and concerts, to visual arts, conferences and panel discussions, the impact of this series began to confront bias-driven environments and unjust practices, and both create and change space for marginalized community members to reclaim and re-shape Boston's identity and reputation. 

Because of this radical series, we have been able to build relationships with 50+ partners, curate in 20 venues and spaces, and present 250 artists and creative entrepreneurs.

Check out this video to learn more about The Prelude series

Past PRELUDE Events

2019

 

Mon. 9/16/19 | The Esplanade Hatch Shell

GROUNDBEAT

Multi-disciplinary show

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Fri.  8/23/19 | Aeronaut Allston

Destiny Claymore, Alexus Lee & The Int'l Show

Concert

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08.23.2019 AA International Show
08.23.2019 AA Alexus Lee

 

Fri.  6/14/19 | Hibernian Hall

The State of Black Music & The Arts Across Boston

Panel

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Instagram_6_14_2019 Arielle Gray - Copy.
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Instagram_6_14_2019 Dart Adams - Copy
Instagram_6_14_2019 Dyana Williams - Cop
Instagram_6_14_2019 LMerchie Frazier
Instagram_6_14_2019 Shaumba Dibinga
Instagram_6_14_2019 Porsha Olayiwola
Instagram_6_14_2019 Tessil Collins - Cop

 

Thurs.  4/18/19 | Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Sharing.Our.Unique.Life.Stories

On-site Activation

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Fri. 3/15/19 | Ideal Mixer 

Need I Paint More? 

Live Art Exhibition + Silent Auction

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Fri.  10/5/18 | Fairmount Innovation Lab 

P.U.S.H. - Racism. Sexism. Creative Navigation Across Boston

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Sat.  5/19/18 | Boston Children's Museum

Hambone - The Body Drum and Rhythm Connection

Interactive Workshop (children)

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Thurs., 4/19/18 | Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 

M.U.S.I.C  

Motivating Us to Share Intercultural Connections)

Artist: Sagie Vangelina (SAY-GEE)
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Art Activity: Objects of Affirmation
EVent DY: DJ. Sham
Art Activity: Objects of Affirmation
Art Activity: Objects of Affirmation
Music by: Suaz Trio
Audience
Art Activity: Objects of Affirmation
Dancer: Aysha Upchurch Tap)
Spoken Word Artist: Destiny Polk
Music by  Suaz Trio
2017

 

Sat., 10/14/17 | Zumix 

SOULS OF WOMEN:

Womanism, Arts, Music & Social Change

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Photo by Maya Rafie
Photo by Maya Rafie
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Photo by Maya Rafie
Photo by Maya Rafie
Audience Panorami
Photo by Maya Rafie
Panelists
Spoken Word Artist: Jha D. Williams
Spoken Word Artist: Jha D. Williams

 

Thurs. 10/12/17 | City Hall Plaza 

BAMS Fest presents "Live Silent Disco"

HUBweek

HUBweek Disco
Photo by Maya Rafie
DJ Candy Raine
DJ Savuth
DJ Bobby Bangers
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Tim Hall
Photo by Maya Rafie
Photo by Maya Rafie
Photo by Maya Rafie
Photo by Maya Rafie
Photo by Maya Rafie
Photo by Maya Rafie
Photo by Maya Rafie
Photo by Maya Rafie
Photo by Maya Rafie
Photo by Maya Rafie

 

Fri., 10/13/17 | City Hall Plaza 

BAMS Fest presents "The Cypher"

HUBweek

Flier
Beatboxer: Gene S.
Spoken Word Artist: D. Ruff
Hip Hop Lyricist: Bakari J.
Hip Hop Lyricist: Bakari J
Hip Hop Lyricist: Latrell James
Hip Hop Lyricist: Latrell James
Hip Hop & Spoken Word Artist: Oompa
Drummer: Jarrell Campbell
Beatboxer: DJ HerShe
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Spoken Word Artist: The Warrior
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Sat. 9/30/17 | Lena Park CDC

CRAGE OF THE VERB:

Artists, Musicians, Holistic Health & Wellness

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Photo by Jourdan Christopher
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Photo by Jourdan Christopher
Photo by Jourdan Christopher
Photo by Jourdan Christopher
Photo by Jourdan Christopher
Photo by Jourdan Christopher
Photo by Jourdan Christopher
Photo by Jourdan Christopher
Photo by Jourdan Christopher

 

Fri. 9/15/17 | Northeastern Crossing

PULSE: Black Masculinity, Arts, Music and

Social Change Across Greater Boston

Panelists
Latrell James
Latrell James
Latrell James
Latrell James
Panelist
Panelists
Panelist
Latrell James
Welcome Remarks
Panelist
Meet and Greet
All panelists

 

Fri. 6/8/17 | Arts Emerson 

BLACK BOX SOUNDS:

Marcela Cruz, Sidewalk Chalk and Sam Trump

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Artist: Marcela Cruz
Band: Sidewalk Chalk
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Band: Sidewalk Chalk
Band: Sidewalk Chalk
Band: Sidewalk Chalk
Artist: Sam Trump
Band: Sidewalk Chalk
BAMS Fest Founder, Catherine Morris
Artist: Sam Trump
Artist: Sam Trump
Black Box Sounds
Artist: Marcela Cruz
Artist: Sam Trump
Black Box Sounds
Artist: Sam Trump
Black Box Sounds
Black Box Sounds
Artist: Marcela Cruz
Artist: Marcela Cruz
Artist: D. Ruff

 

Fri. 3/24/17 | The Space in JP

Need I Paint More?

An Exploration of Social Justice through Live Painting!

Event Flier
Artist: Milu Abel
Artist: Janelin Pineyro
Artist: Samatha "Sam" Shave
Painting by Matthew Ghadban
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Artist: Sam Shave
Artist: Milu Abel
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Artist Wilton Tejeda with Priscilla
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BAMS Fest Founder, Catherine Morris
Artists: Sam Shave and Milu Abel
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Artist: Wilton Tejeda
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2016

Thurs. 10/20/16 | Multicultural Arts Center

SOULS of WOMEN: Women Perspective -

Arts + Music + Social Change in Greater Boston

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BAMS Fest Founder, Catherine Morris
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L'Merchie Frazier
L'Merchie Frazier
Danielle Georges
Danielle Legros Georges
Ashleigh Gordon
Ashleigh Gordon
Cynthia Sellers
Cynthia B. Sellers
Cynthia B. Sellers
Allyssa Jones
Moderator: Allyssa Jones
Obehi Janice
Obehi Janice
Obehi Janice
Carolyn Malachi
Carolyn Malachi
Carolyn Malachi singing
Carolyn Malachi
Carolyn Malachi
Catherine Morris & Valerie Stephens
Intermission
Catherine Morris & Obehi Janice
Cynthia B. Sellers & Family
BAMS Fest Board
BAMS Fest Founder, Catherine Morris
S.O.W. Sponsors

Thurs. 9/22/16 | Northeastern Crossing

PULSE: Male perspective -

Arts + Music + Social Change in Greater Boston

PULSE Flier
All panelists
Q&A Session
Panelist | D. Ruff
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Q&A Session
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Panelist - Brandon G. Green
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Panelist - Rob Gibbs
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Panelist - Chad Shabazz
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Panelist - Jae Williams
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Panelist: D.Ruff

Sat. 7/9/16 | Peace Garden, Egleston Sq. 

JP PORCHFEST: The Experiment

Music Concert

Wed. 6/15/16 | Boston Winery

Zo! featuring Carmen Rodgers

Music Concert 

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Zo!
Catherine Morris
Carmen Rodgers
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Zo!, Carmen Rodgers + the band
Audience
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Boston Winery Store
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East Boston Savings Bank
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Sat. 5/14/16 | Arts Emerson

BLACK BOX SOUNDS

Music Concert

BBS Flier
Catherine Morris
Neiel Israel | Poet
Nadia Washington
Kristen Ransom of ASOS
audience
American Symphony of Soul
American Symphony of Soul
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Sat. 3/19/16 | Cambridge Innovation Center

COURAGE OF THE VERB - Exploring the intersection of entrepreneurship & spoken word 

COTV Flier
Caroline Harvey
Caroline Harvey
Adrian Wong
Adrian Wong
Reggie Williams
Reggie Williams
Ashley - House Slam
Greg Valentino Ball
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G. Valentino Ball
Porsha Olayiwola
Porsha Olayiwola
Photo Credit: BeYou Photos
Daniel: House Slam
Melissa Potter Forde
Melissa Potter Forde
Photo Credit: BeYou Photos
Photo Credit: BeYou Photos
Photo Credit: BeYou Photos
Melissa Potter Forde (Left)
Jared Paul
Jared Paul | Poet
Jha D
Lissa Piercy
Lissa Piercy
Breakout Session with Lissa
Photo Credit: BeYou Photos
Photo Credit: BeYou Photos
Tim Hall
Tim Hall & Adrian Wong
Panelists
Photo Credit: BeYou Photos
Photo Credit: BeYou Photos
Fri. 2/19/16 | Bruce C. Bolling Building
THE PRELUDE
Music Concert
Flier - The Prelude 2016
Derrick Trottman | Artist
Ayana Mack | Artist
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Derrick Trottman
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Smoove Impact | A Cappella
Vendor: Faith's Naturals
Danielle Callahan | Artist
Photo Credit: BeYou Photos
Photo Credit: BeYou Photos
Founder, BAMS Fest | Catherine M (R)
Photo Credit: BeYou Photos
Photo Credit: BeYou Photos
Valerie Stephens
Photo Credit: BeYou Photos
Photo Credit: BeYou Photos
Photo Credit: BeYou Photos
Valerie Stephens
Valerie Stephens
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