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April 8 & 9th: The 16th Annual Creative Arts & Scholarly Engagement (CASE) Festival
April 8, 2022 - April 9, 2022
The Margaret Walker Center is pleased to announce the schedule of events for the 16th Annual Creative Arts & Scholarly Engagement (CASE) Festival, featuring musical greats Cassandra Wilson, Nellie Mack, Rhonda Richmond, and Yvonne “Niecie” Evers, scheduled to be held in a hybrid format, virtually and in-person, on Friday and Saturday, April 8 & 9, 2022. These events are made possible by the general support of the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Greater Jackson Arts Council.
The conference theme, “Past, Present, Future: A Legacy in Music,” recognizes music as a universal language that has had and continues to have a strong influence and role in many events and situations across time and place. We can mark events, recognize people, and express emotions and ideals through the diversity of music we create or that we engage as we traverse our individual and collective journeys. As such, the 2022 CASE Festival will examine the impact and importance of music (and the entertainment industry) on society in regards to such dynamics as gender, race, culture, politics, health, and education.
At 2 p.m., Friday, April 8, the opening CASE Festival plenary will engage four Mississippi music legends and JSU alumna–Cassandra Wilson, Nellie Mack, Rhonda Richmond, and Yvonne “Niecie” Evers–in a conversation facilitated by professor C. Liegh McInnis. Together at Jackson State, they comprised the band Past, Present, and Future. This event will be livestreamed on the Margaret Walker Center Facebook and YouTube pages.