EXCEL’s Virtual Visionaries Series: Donia Jarrar & Rosy Simas
“Art Inspired by Identity”
- Thursday July 9 4:00pm – 5:00pm
This session probes strategies for crafting work around your personal identity, avoiding pitfalls around sensitive topics, and framing your artistic voice in ways that resonate with others. Dr. Donia Jarrar is an Arab and Muslim-American composer, pianist, and interdisciplinary artist, recently awarded the 2019 Discovery Grant for Female Composers from the National Opera Center of America for her work Seamstress, a documentary multimedia opera based on oral history interviews conducted with Palestinian women and girls from her community. Rosy Simas is a dance artist, administrator, and advocate. Director of Rosy Simas Danse, her work is centered around Native cultural and political persistence, informed by her roots as part of an intertribal urban Native community.