PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College has earned the distinction of being chosen as one of only 50 organizations nationwide by the American Library Association Public Programs Office and the Tribeca Film Institute, in consultation with Tribeca Flashpoint and the Society for American Music, to participate in the prestigious “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” program. The initiative is being made possible through a $125,000 nationwide funding grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support programming at the 50 participating organizations.
“America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” is designed to introduce genres of 20th century American popular music that are deeply connected to the history, culture and geography of the United States. The program features documentary screenings, musical performances and scholar-led discussions on such musical genres as blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and county, rock ’n’ roll, and mambo and hip hop.
“Owens Community College is honored to be chosen as an ‘America’s Music’ participant,” said Wynn Perry, Owens Coordinator of the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery. “Music and film have played very important roles in shaping our country’s heritage and culture and Owens Community College looks forward to engaging both the campus community and the surrounding communities as we share learning and experiences from a music and film perspective.”
The first in a series of six educational programs will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the College’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre and focus on the genre of blues and gospel music. A musical performance by The Good The Bad And The Blues will kick off the event, which will be followed by the feature films “Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues” and “Say Amen, Somebody”. Bowling Green State University Department of Popular Culture faculty member Dr. Matthew Donahue will lead a lecture discussion at the film’s conclusion. All “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” programming presented by Owens is free and open to the public.
The additional five “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” events will occur at the following dates, times and locations:
Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Way Public Library in Perrysburg
Film: “Broadway: The American Musical”
Musical Performance: Jodi Jobuck, Lynda Dunn and Jo-Anne Chrysochoos
Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre in Perrysburg Township
Film: Ken Burns’ “Jazz” and “International Sweethearts of Rhythm”
Musical Performance: Owens Jazz Ensemble
(Bluegrass and Country)
Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre in Perrysburg Township
Film: “High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music”
Musical Performance: Hand Hand String Band
(Rock ’n’ Roll)
Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre in Perrysburg Township
Film: “The History of Rock ’n’ Roll”
Musical Performance: MAD 45
(Mambo and Hip Hop)
Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Studio Theatre in Perrysburg Township
Film: “Latin Music USA” and “From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale”
Musical Performance: Price of the Ticket
For more information about the “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” series, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-7956 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7956.
Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.