Sapp headlines forum on building community through music

Several York faculties are collaborating with the Harbourfront Centre to host an event on Feb. 3 featuring African-American educator, singer and songwriter Jane Sapp.

jane sappThis special public event, titled “Someone Sang for Me: Building Community through Music”, is co-sponsored by the faculties of Environmental Studies (FES) and Fine Arts, and the Atkinson School of Liberal & Professional Studies’ Creative Arts & Cultural Expression Program. The forum, moderated by Toronto-based poet Lillian Allen, will be held at 7pm in the Brigantine Room of the Harbourfront Centre and is the only off-campus event of the 2004-2005 FES Seminar Series, “Art/Nature/Culture/Communities”. The series is co-sponsored by Fine Arts and Atkinson, with sponsorship of specific events shared with the Aboriginal Education Council, the Centre for Research on Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Geography Department.

Left: Jane Sapp

Jane Sapp is an inspiring speaker, pianist and singer who has worked for more than 30 years in communities across the US – especially in the deep south and northeast – affirming identities and animating voices with the power of song. Founder of the Center for Culture and Community Development in Springfield, Mass., and former cultural director at the Highlander Center near Knoxville, Tenn., Sapp is currently the Mel King Fellow at the Center for Reflective Community Practice at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.