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Cayuga CC Painting Class to Join Musical Performer Samite on Stage

DATE: 03-07-2012

On March 7, 2012, art will meet art in the Irene Bisgrove Theatre at Cayuga Community College Auburn Campus, 197 Franklin St. The Art 104: Painting class will join the Brunell Visiting Scholar Samite on stage to paint while he performs African music at 1:30 p.m. This free event is open to the public and anyone interested in joining the art students and Samite on stage is welcome.

Samite, the musician, photographer, and humanitarian, who was born and raised in Uganda, Africa plays traditional African music on traditional African instruments—including the kalimba, marimba, and the litingu. This will be his second but not last performance at CCC. The idea for the art class to join Samite on stage and create art came in the planning stages of what Samite will bring to CCC to enrich the experience there.

"There's this different dynamic and energy when you're responding to live music," said Art Instructor Melissa Johnson, whose class will be painting while Samite performs his music. She hopes that the students will be uplifted and engaged because of the positive energy that comes with creating art to live music. The students have a few parameters to consider while creating their art, but what they create is up to them and the way the music moves them.

Johnson's Printmaking class did something like this last year; they created prints while listening to jazz music, and the art was displayed in the display case near the art studio on CCC's Auburn Campus. The art that will be created in response to Samite's music will also be displayed in that case, with descriptions of the process.

This event is free and open to the public at CCC's Auburn campus at 197 Franklin St. Auburn, NY 13021. For more information about Samite's events at Cayuga, contact Professor Howard Nelson at or 315-255-1743.