Channeling of Ms. Sybby Grant at The Walters Art Gallery

By: Marvin Roxas

On January 24th, 2019 members of the Nu World Art Ensemble performed an immersive production based on the life of the enslaved Baltimore cook Ms. Sybby Grant. The Walters Art Gallery went through the process of confronting the history of utilizing buildings that were former slave-holding estates. A letter written on December 6, 1861 to her imprisoned maste showcases a micro-history of Union-occupied Baltimore.

The Baltimore Sun article details more about the background and details of the letter and the renovation of the mansion formerly known as Hackerman House. During the opening performance, members of the Nu World Art Ensemble recreated the atmosphere of Hackerman House and portrayed the tasks and lives of Ms. Sybby Grant and her fellow enslaved maids, cooks, and workers. This unique production brought to life the the words of Ms. Sybby Grant and transported museum patrons back to 1860’s Baltimore.

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Baltimore Magazine - Working Through It
By: Marvin Roxas

By: Marvin Roxas

A few months ago, we received an inquiry from Christine Jackson from Baltimore Magazine in order to publish a story about the work that WombWork Productions, Inc. does. After interviews involving Mama Kay, Mama Rashida, and Brother David, the result is an article in the January 2019 monthly issue of Baltimore Magazine in the Arts & Culture section.

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I’ve always been appreciative of how we’re dedicated to children of color in public schools, but I’ve also encouraged us to look at children of color at predominantly white institutions because that’s a whole other battle that they face... The same encouragement, empowerment, and love that our kids in public schools need, kids in those spaces need as well.
— David Fakunle, PhD
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Alt-Black Podcast with Brother David Fakunle
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By: Marvin Roxas

On November 25th, Brother David Fakunle, Griot and President of WombWork Productions, Inc. Governing Board, met with Myles Lewis in Towson to record a podcast for the Alt Black podcast show.

“Values, truth, and understanding. This week we look at an organization that is utilizing performance art to heal and self reflect on the community. We learn some valuable lessons on how to change an institution, how kids can be more knowledgeable than adults, and the importance of expression.”

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Nu Generation's Intergeneration Complications: Finding Common Ground

By: Louis Williams

Saturday, November 10th was an exciting day for The Nu Generation Art Ensemble. This day marked the resurrection of WombWork Productions, Inc. teenage company with a performance at The Enoch Pratt Waverly Branch library. Our teenage performers prepared their show entitled Intergeneration Complications: Finding Common Ground in an attempt to spark a conversation with the elders about how to bridge various generational gaps. From the funny moments of the generations arguing about who had better musical taste to the serious scenes about elders not respecting the dreams of the youth; the audience was deeply engaged from the opening drum roll. Our show ended with the performers asking the audience if they could work together to solve these conflicts and the audience answered with a resounding “YES!”. The Nu Generation Art Ensemble was energized from this performance and will continue to produce the stories that give voices to the youth of Baltimore!

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Conference for Community Arts Education Site Visit
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By: Marvin Roxas

On Saturday November 17, 2018 a group from the Conference for Community Arts Education went on a site visit to the WombWork BlackBox Theatre. The site visit included observation of the Next Generation Art Ensemble rehearsal, lunch catered by a local caterer, and a virtues unity circle facilitated by Mama Rashida and Olayinka Lawal in the afternoon.

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Drumming at John Brothers Dinner Event

By: Marvin Roxas

On Saturday November 17, 2018 members of the Next Generation Art Ensemble along with two Nu World Art Ensemble drummers spent the day drumming at the residence of the T. Rowe Price Foundation’s President John Brothers who wanted to share the programming of WombWork Productions, Inc. with his guests during a dinner event.

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