December 2012 - Homes and Histories
2:00 pm, Saturday December 1, 2012
Freedmen's Town

Artists included: Akbar Baloch, Paul Hester, Jibran Jawaid, Autumn Knight, Babette Niemel, Robert Pruit, Sehba Sarwar, Kaneem Smith, KoumanKele African Dance & Drum Ensemble & Wharton K-8 Dual Language Academy drummers and poets

Photos by Burnell McCray

VBB invited guests to cross borders in a journey of art and culture to explore the streets of Freedmen's Town, Houston with digital links to Lyari, Karachi (Pakistan) and Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

From the brick-lined 1300 block of Andrews Street to the 1300 block of Victor Street, guests experienced streets with photos glued to the asphalt and VBB's video-dome, generously donated by Free Press Summer Fest. The two-hour production was packed with visual, digital, and interactive art created for the afternoon, as well as opportunities for guests to explore other spaces including The African American Library at the Gregory School, the Rutherford B.H. Yates Museum, and more.

The production included performances, exhibitions and opportunities for audience members to share their stories and engage with artists.

Food was shared by Whole Foods Montrose and Central Market. Homes & Histories was cosponsored by: African American Library at the Gregory School, Boat People SOS, Coalition of Pastoral Leaders-Freedmen's Town, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts (UH), Free Press Summer Fest, Houston Area Women's Center, Houston Institute for Culture, KPFT Pacifica Radio 90.1 FM, Rutherford B.H. Yates Museum, Inc. and Geo TV (Pakistan)
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