Dada Rafiki celebration honors women

Friday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m., Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center

Award-winning artist/poet Annie Ruth and the Cincinnati Arts Association are hosting “Dada Rafiki: I see you sister,” a multicultural celebration of music, dance and song.

In 2005, Ruth created Dada Rafiki as a solo exhibition at the Arts Consortium of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Museum Center. It was seen as a way of honoring women from all walks of life who make an impact  in the community. Since then, she has garnered the support of other artists to honor women and men.
“Dada rafiki,” which means “sister friend” in the Kiswahili language of Eastern Africa, has honored nearly 140 women over the past 10 years. It also has donated art collections to schools and nonprofit organizations.

With Ruth serving as host/emcee, the evening also will feature performances by Spoken Soul Artist JaHipster, the Cultural Centre of India, Todd O’Neal and Friends, Ed “Sax” Thomas & Company, and jazz vocalist Carla Cook, who is artist-in-residence at Taft Museum of Art.

The honorees are Brenda A. Neil Carter, Cincinnati Arts Association; Dr. Denise Davis, East Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Center; Sallie J. Elliott, Images of Excellence Corp.; Edna Howell-Parrish, Eckstein Cultural Arts Center; Marian Y. Profitt-Butler, Bread from Heaven Outreach Ministries; Catherine Roma, World House Choir and Prison Choral Arts; Brenda Shirley, retired teacher; Carolyn Wallace, The Perfect Brew; Yolanda White, New Prospect Baptist Church & Dunamis Mime Ministry; and Flora “Kathy” Young, retired teacher; and Ozie Davis III, Avondale Comprehensive Development Corp.

Sponsors include  Ameritas, Fifth Third Bank, Furniture Fair, Local 12 WKRC and the P&G Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Tickets are $22.25 in advance, $32.25 at the door. or 513-621-2787 [ARTS]

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