Community Culture

With a mix of singing, dancing and performing, all of us were emotionally captivated and taken on a journey of what it means to be Black — or any minority — in today’s society.

By giving each department a little time to shine, SMTD’s annual Collage Concert provides audiences with a little sample of all the magic going on within the school.

About a year ago, I came across the expression “everything is temporary.”

The concert is bound to inspire audience members of all backgrounds.

Collins began singing professionally when she was just 18 years old, but was exposed to the lifestyle of performing long before.

In our modern cultural environment, it seems as if all performance art is riddled with cultural, social and political implications. We are a country defined by red and blue, and it seems impossible for performance art to have no overt connections to one side of this divisive cultural landscape.

During Kelly’s international travels following World War II, as he discovered the artists that inspired him, it was Matisse’s emboldened use of line that informed his own unique style of draftsmanship.

Places like Córdoba and the Mezquita — while not flawless in modern times — still exist. The U.S. is a melting pot of cultures, but religious tolerance has a long way to go.


When asked what advice he has for aspiring Olympic athletes and authors, Barrett replied: “All it takes is committing your entire life to it. If you're not willing to step off the ledge and lose your mind doing it, don't bother.”

As the night progressed, the complementary skills of these four musicians continued to exceed expectations. They were obviously enjoying each other’s company, pushing one another in every piece to perform better than the last.