Dean B. Stephen Carpenter II and Michael Mwenso hold encore ‘Meeting’ Sept. 20–24

B. Stephen Carpenter

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State College of Arts and Architecture Dean B. Stephen Carpenter II will return to a creative-to-creative conversation with artist-historian Michael Mwenso in the ninth episode of the virtual series “Meeting the Moment.”

The prerecorded discussion will be available to watch beginning at noon Monday, Sept. 20, and will stream on demand until noon Friday, Sept. 24. The event is free, but registration is required. Visit “Meeting the Moment” at https://cpa.psu.edu/events/meeting-moment-carpenter for more information.

A grant from the University Park Student Fee Board helps make the program free of charge.

“Meeting the Moment” is the first event in the center’s “Up Close and Virtual” fall 2021 season. It also is part of the Center for the Performing Arts Fierce Urgency Festival, the center’s commitment to celebrating Black artists and sharing their stories, with a theme this season of “Hope-Resist-Heal.” Learn more about the festival at https://cpa.psu.edu//fierceurgency.

Carpenter is a professor of art education and African American studies. His research interests include professional development through art for pre-K-12 educators and the global water crisis as curriculum. His mixed-media assemblages, installations and performance artworks aim to confront and disrupt social, historical, cultural and political constructs. He introduced Mwenso on the first episode of “Meeting the Moment” in September 2020.

As curator and events programmer at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Mwenso has shared the stage with Cecile McLorin Salvant, Jon Batiste, Aaron Diehl, Sullivan Fortner and Jamison Ross. He also leads the jazz-funk ensemble Mwenso and The Shakes.

For more information about fall 2021 season events, visit www.cpa.psu.edu/allevents.

Safety first

The Center for the Performing Arts has health and safety of our patrons in mind. Penn State requires that masks be worn in all university buildings and emphasizes its commitment to cleaning and ventilating its spaces. In addition, the center will position contactless ticketing kiosks and hand-sanitizing stations throughout the venues.

Penn State has issued rules and precautions that follow, or might exceed, guidance from the Centers for Disease Control issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit Penn State Event Attendance Policies prior to attending a university event to ensure you are familiar with the rules and expectations.

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