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Family Friendly Cultural Arts Series

Entertainment for the whole family awaits this fall at Jefferson Community College (JCC)! The Fall Cultural Arts Series of events returns to campus to bring the sights, sounds and creativity of traditions of African American, Tibetan and Native American cultures.All events are free admission and will take place in the Robert R. and Jean S. Sturtz Theater.

Soul StepsSoul Steps Soul Steps on Saturday, September 3 at 8:00 p.m.  is sure to impress audience members with their hip-hop rhythms through stepping, a dance form that incorporates use of one’s arms, legs, feet and hands to produce powerful claps, thunderous stomps and pulsating beats. Soul Steps hails from New York City and is credited by the New York Times as giving a performance that is “electric and joyous.” Audience participation is optional.
 Dance Company on Saturday, October 8 at 8:00 p.m. will perform music of Ivory Coast and neighboring African countries featuring regional dance and drumming traditions accentuated by elaborate costumes and masks. A variety of music and dance can be found in Ivory Coast based on the native tribes and ethnic communities. Founder of Kotchegna Dance Company, Vado Diamonde, has mastered over 60 different regional dances.

Joseph FirecrowJoseph Firecrow
Award winning Cheyenne flutist Joseph Firecrow will bring his talents to Jefferson on Saturday, October 29 at 8:00 p.m. He says e“You can teach someone how to play the flute, but you can’t teach them how to make it sing.” Touted by reviewers as one of the top three Native American flutiest in the world, Firecrow is recipient of many awards/honors bestowed by the Native American Music Awards including Best Flute Recording (2013) for CD “Night Walk,” Best Flutist of the Year (2006, 2010) and Song/Single of the Year (2011).

Losang SamtenLosang Samten

Mandala presentation by Losang Samten, mandala master and former Buddhist monk, will take place on Friday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m.  Having essentially earned a PhD in Buddhist philosophy, Samten is credited for having created the first public sand mandala in the West in 1988. Prior to coming to the United States he studied for 20-years at the Namgyal Monastery in India earning the highest degree attainable. At JCC, Samten will construct a sand mandala over the course of four days and on the final day, give a presentation on the interpretation of the mandala’s symbols. As part of Buddhist tradition, after his presentation, the sand mandala will be dismantled.


For more information about Jefferson’s cultural arts series, contact the JCC Student Activities Center at 315-786-2431. 

The Jefferson Community College cultural arts series is sponsored by the JCC Campus Activities Board.