OZ Arts celebrates 10 years with a huge art party bash

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OZ Arts is Nashville’s contemporary performance gem in the city. They opened their doors 10 years ago with a very intentional mission of bringing unique, international artistic works to the city and they have succeeded beyond measure. The arts center will celebrate with OZ’s 10th Anniversary Bash, including an amazing night featuring more than two dozen artists and performers who helped make OZ Arts’ first decade unforgettable. The open-floor “art party” atmosphere will offer a lively evening of community punctuated by pop-up performances and visual art installations. We had a chance to chat with Daniel Jones, OZ’s Manager of Artistic Programming, and two of their amazing artists, Shabazz Ujima and Banning Bouldin (two Nashville natives by the way) who have showcased their beautiful work at OZ throughout the 10 years.

As Daniel stated, “The most exciting thing about OZ turning 10 is just the fact that a contemporary performance center has lasted for a decade in Nashville. Nashville was a very different city 10 years ago so to have this outlet in place, with these artistic collaborators locally helping to develop this scene has been such a rewarding journey”. The bash will provide a stunning new dance and light collaboration from celebrated movement collective New Dialect, a rollicking set by theatrical noir rock band Fable Cry, a glittering tribute to the disco dance floor by interdisciplinary ensemble Shackled Feet Dance, and more. Shabazz with Shackled Feet Dance shares, “I think that I just had a lot of opportunities for exposure, be it through TPAC,  Vanderbilt Dance Collective and just my teachers saying, hey, there are things out there that you all have to like experience and realizing we didn’t have those things in Nashville so why not create it. So being able to create Shackled Feet Dance was a testament to the fact that like, hey, there are voices here that we want to magnify, but also stories that we want our community to know”. Banning, founder of New Dialect adds, “I wanted to come back and create what had been missing for me as a teenager who loved dancing. Having so much time as a young person in New York before I went to Julliard, I went to their summer programs and that was the first time I was exposed to improvisation and different movement languages”.
Throughout the evening, you will enjoy DJ RAIDEN(prominent art gallerist and curator Clarence Edward) keeps the energy flowing with his impeccable playlist, and theater maven Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva serves as emcee with her signature warmth and humor. Attendees can also view kinetic sculptures from local artist Alex Lockwood and explore an immersive mini-installation of the wildly popular Modular Art Pods (MAPs) originally initiated by Tony Youngblood. Come toast to Nashville’s creative community and the first decade of daring artistic experiences at OZ Arts.

“The party vibes are going to be on one hundred.” as Daniel states.

Get tickets here or donate to OZ Arts.

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