Join us as we honor our latest exhibition, Disrupting Anti-Blackness: Artists Voicing Truths, curated by Dr. Andrea Queeley and Dr. Valerie Patterson. The opening reception will include food and beverages on the museum's patio and remarks from FIU's MLK Commemorative Celebration Committee. A special performance by dancer A'Keitha Carey will premiere during the event.
A’Keitha Carey is a Bahamian artist, mother, educator, scholar, and activist. She developed the dance technique CaribFunk, a fusion of Afro‐Caribbean, ballet, modern, and fitness principles rooted in Africanist and Euro-American aesthetics and expressions. She received her B.A. in Dance from Florida International University and an M.F.A. in Dance from Florida State University. She also holds a Certificate in Women's Studies from Texas Woman’s University and is currently in the combined MA (African and African Diaspora Studies) and PhD (Global Cultural Studies) program at Florida International University. She researches Caribbean spaces, locating movements that are indigenous, contemporary, and fusion based, investigating how Caribbean cultural performance (Bahamian Junkanoo, Trinidadian Carnival, and Jamaican Dancehall) can be viewed as praxis. She also explores erotic subjectivity and performance in Jamaican Dancehall by women. A’Keitha’s scholarship is focused on CaribFunk, Decolonizing Dance Curriculum in Higher Education, and the Erotic Performances of Women in Caribbean Dance Spheres. She has taught in K-12 and in Higher Education, serving as dance faculty for several universities across the country. A’Keitha is a fitness coach, Group Fitness Instructor and member of Olujimi Dance Theatre.
Patrick Martinez, Then They Came for Me, 2016, Neon, 20 ½ x 26 inches, Rollins Museum of Art, Gift of Susan and Bob Battaglia and Margie Pabst Steinmetz and Chuck Steinmetz, Image courtesy of the artist and Charlie James Gallery