CURRENTS: Humanities Work Now
Matt Belzer (Music) and Kelley Bell (Visual Arts)
The Anansi Trio: On the Path
Matt Belzer, Senior Lecturer, Music
The Anansi Trio is a unique collaboration between a saxophonist, a bassist, and a Latin percussion/drummer. Matt Belzer will discuss how this unusual combination creates interesting composition and performance challenges for the musicians, as they search for a group identity while respecting the traditions of jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Indian music.
The Herd: Seeking a Swimmable Harbor
Kelley Bell, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Visual Arts
In 2016, the Waterfront Partnership's annual Water Quality Report Card gave the waterways of Baltimore's Inner Harbor a failing grade, citing high levels of raw sewage, nitrogen, and phosphorus as culprits. Nonetheless, the non-profit's overall goal is swimmable and fishable harbor by 2020. Kelley Bell will discuss The Herd: A Luminous Host Seeking Safe Harbor, her upcoming art installation for the Light City Baltimore 2018 Festival. This innovative installation is a tribute to all the citizens of Baltimore City who continue to hope for a healthy city and healthy waterways.