A two-part series of engaging conversation and music with WERDstudio and The Patch Works Center
Session 1 Tuesday, August 20 7:00pm
The Patch Works Art and History Center 593 Gaskill St SE Atlanta, GA
Thursday, August 22 7:00pm
WERDstudio 54 Hilliard St NE Atlanta, GA
Ricci De Forest of WERDstudio and Jake & Nina Elsas of the Patch Works Center will lead a deep dive into the work of their respective organizations, the history and culture of their communities, and the commonalities and differences between them. Each night will conclude with a musical presentation that reflects the culture of the hosting organization. The featured guests will discuss the role that music has and continues to play in their communities.
The Patch Works Art & History Center’s aim is to preserve, sustain, and maintain the historical identity, relevance, and integrity of Atlanta’s Cabbagetown - a resurging, 19th-century mill town community impacted by major urban development. Our vision is to provide meaningful experiences by connecting locals and other communities to Cabbagetown’s history through a diverse spectrum of visual arts, story telling, and music. These experiences will concentrate on exhibitions from The Patch Works Art & History Center’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions from outside collections in order to inspire a creative exchange of ideas and interpretation.
WERDstudio was the first radio station owned and programmed by African Americans. The station was established in Atlanta, Georgia on October 3, 1949, broadcasting on 860 AM.. The station was housed in the Prince Hall Masonic Temple building on Auburn Avenue, then one of the wealthiest black neighborhoods in the United States. Located in that same building was the headquarters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, formed in 1957, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and staffed by Ella Baker.According to Gibson, King would tap the ceiling of SCLC office (just below WERD) with a broomstick to signal he had an announcement to make. Gibson would then lower a microphone from the studio window to King at the window below.
About Harmonic Connections
Harmonic Connections are free, salon-style community events that showcase people and organizations doing important work aligned with Music In Common’s mission to strengthen, empower, and connect communities through the universal language of music. Each salon includes a presentation by the featured guests, a curated question & answer session and a musical element.