Michah Salkind at Providence Public Library

Providence Public Library Presents Creative Research Fellow Presentation with Micah Salkind Tuesday, June 23


– Providence Public Library (PPL) presents its culminating Don't Stop the Music event in its three-month celebration of the history of music in Rhode Island on Tuesday, June 23 with the its first Creative Research Fellow Micah Slakind.  The program will take place from 5:30 – 7:30 pm on the Library's Marble Staircase Balcony and be preceded by a reception.

Salkind has taken a close look at the Library's collection of Civil War Ballads and their depiction of the visual culture of the time in the border designs of the song sheets. As a demonstration, Micah will also perform different versions of the well-known ballad, “John Brown's Body,” the unofficial abolitionist/Union anthem of the time, and different interpretations and lyrical settings that expand the ballad's meaning. 

Micah is a Providence-based DJ, sound designer, and a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at Brown University. His scholarly work on Afro-Diasporic cultural production, which has included articles on South African popular music and global House dance culture, complements his work towards establishing innovative models for sustaining community art institutions and art-makers with local and state funders.

DON'T STOP THE MUSIC, multi-faceted exhibition and program series, began April 2 with the opening of the in-library exhibit entitled “From Pop to Punk: Highlights of 20th Century Music in Providence.”   The exhibit will run through June 30.  In addition, the Library has mounted a web site devoted to the music celebration at PROV.PUB/RIMUSIC (http://tech.pplspc.org/music/index.html).  Detailed program information, as well as continuing additions, can be found here throughout the three-month celebration.

(release from Providence Public Library)