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More than 300 people attended Thursday night’s Art Mix at the Crocker Art Museum blending the celebration of Black History Month with Valentine’s Day.   Heart and Soul-idarity, was the theme of the evening bringing together the passion of singers, dancers, poets, painters, and art afficionados to an eclectic era in learning.

There was something to please everyone. The evening began with a Tour of the museum called Love Stories.  At the same time, some event attendees crafted hands on momentos of the event with African-art-inspired accessories by Betty Davis and Yvonne Warren. 

Andrew Bell, Courtney Turner, James Cavern, Bonafide Rojas, and Sidomy (pictured)

Sol Collective’s Jazz’n Love Lounge featured spoken word, poetry, and music performance in the art of words tradition. The most memorable moment was Bonafide Rojas poem about his daily ritual on the "D train" in New York, which starts in Coney Island in Brooklyn then goes over to 205th Street in the Bronx by way of the western side of Manhattan. 

He also shared "Love Letter from the Bronx" before dedicating his last reading to our nation’s teachers, who influence youth to write.  Watch his very inspiring speech here

Sidomy took the audience further by describing Portland’s landscape in her spoken word tribute.  James Cavern originally from England sang, "Stand by Me" and "Just the Two of us" with guitar accompaniment as tribute to noteworthy African American music artists then featured his own original piece with hip hop artist Courtney Turner.

The contemporary open space of the Friedman Court bustled with energetic dancers who danced the wobble and other popular line dances as DJ Rock Bottom spun beats.

The power of love taking over the dance floor.

White linens lined the round tables. Food and refreshments was made available for guest through the Crocker Cafe.   An open mic love song contest entertained attracting some tough competitors with Ayla Dozier, 19, a freshman from Folsom Lake College and James Cavern, 24 leading the American Idol generation.  Dozier sang "Make you feel my Love" by Adele accapella.  Cavern shared,  "In my sleep" , a song he wrote about a relationship on the tip of a break up.   

 

Living it up in song.
A hug with the last singers standing in the love song competition.

The night tapped into heart and soul-idarity with the takeaway being a connection with community. Learn how to live, to love, and to embrace your talents in a way that motivates the soul to be free.

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