Free virtual presentation premiering on May 23 will explore justice, hope, and healing through art

Saint Paul, Minnesota (May 12, 2021) — The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts today announced that it will host a special virtual panel conversation featuring trailblazing Black Minnesota artists discussing justice, peace and humanity. The free virtual panel, entitled “For Such a Time as This: Visionaries Who Matter CENTERSTAGE,” will be filmed live at the Ordway Concert Hall and premiere on the Ordway’s YouTube channel, Facebook page, and website on May 23. “During these turbulent times and as we approach the one-year remembrance of George Floyd’s murder, it is critical that we elevate hope and healing,” said Robin Hickman-Winfield, director of the Taking Our Place Centerstage program at the Ordway and CEO and executive producer of SoulTouch Productions. “This virtual conversation is an opportunity for us to come together, put Black voices centerstage, and lift up the power of the arts and its profound contributions to our community and the world.”


Hourlong livestream: For Such a Time as This: Visionaries Who Matter CENTERSTAGE


The following artists will be featured:

  • Ta-coumba Aiken, visual artist *

  • Lou Bellamy, founder and artistic director emeritus of Penumbra Theatre Company

  • James “Cornbread” Harris, singer and pianist

  • Gary Hines, music director and producer of the three-time Grammy Award-winning “Sounds of Blackness” *

  • Seitu Jones, multi-disciplinary public artist and co-founder of Frogtown Farm *

  • j. otis powell, poet, playwright and performer

  • T. Mychael Rambo, actor and educator *

  • Rev. Carl Walker, co-founder of Walker West Music Academy *

  • Grant West, co-founder of Walker West Music Academy *

*Denotes artists who will participate in the livestreamed panel conversation.


Premiering on May 23, 2021, at 4:00pm


Watch on Ordway’s Facebook page, YouTube page, and website

The Ordway Presents

Visionaries Who Matter CENTERSTAGE

May 23, 2021 Livestream

This event is a follow up to a Sally Awards special video presentation released last December that featured Lou Bellamy, Gary Hines, and Seitu Jones. You can view the video on the Ordway’s website and on its YouTube page. The Sally Awards recognizes and celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of artists, educators, volunteers, philanthropists, and leaders who strengthen and enrich our state with their commitment to the arts.

May 12, 2021