Of Mastery, Manifesto and Movement at the Deering Estate on 13 November 2022

Of Mastery, Manifesto and Movement at the Deering Estate on 13 November 2022

Photo Courtesy of Saddi Khali www.instagram.com/saddikhaliphotos/



SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2022, FROM 5:00-7:00 PM
16701 SW 72ND AVE
MIAMI, FL 33157
The event is free with RSVP. Spots are limited to 30 Participants.

Current Deering Estate Artists in Residence, Dr. Keshia Abraham and Michelle Grant-Murray, present a performative workshop, Of Mastery, Manifesto and Movement, as part of the closing celebration of John William Bailly’s In-Situ at the Great Hall of the Stone House. Of Mastery, Manifesto and Movement is an exploration of myth making and the magic of movement through textual embodiment. In this two-hour experience, participants will unearth the senses to create vibrant works of art.

Participants are invited to traverse the exhibit space with the virtuosity of words transcribed into layers of embodied movement and text by Toni Morrison, Ntozake Shange, and Toni Cade Bambara. The layered textures of language, corporeal body, and artistic expression of John William Bailly’s In-Situ celebrate a generative practice of authenticity. Of Mastery, Manifesto and Movement is an integrative process that channels memory, innovation, and gratitude.

All participants are invited to meditate, move, listen, feel, reflect, write – create while using the exhibit space and each other to build a language, community, some beautiful power, and some play together. The structure of the program includes introductions and recognitions, exploratory exercises, discovering movement improvisational tools, working on manifestos, as well as reflections and gratitude exercises.

-Writing Utensils
-Yoga mat AND Cushion (pillow)
-Comfortable clothing (preferably white)


Dr. Keshia Abraham is a writer, scholar, performer, dramaturg and in international JEDI (Just Equity with Dignity and Intention) educator committed to facilitating personal and organizational development through intercultural learning. Her most recent performance work includes serving as dramaturg and performer in Teo Castellanos’ “F.Punk Junkies.” Keshia firmly believes in the transformative power of international education and the long-term impact it has, hence her unwavering commitment to comprehensive internationalization especially at HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). An elected Council member at the Forum on Education Abroad, Dr. Abraham has collaborated on working groups, presented at forums, seminars, and conferences on both international education and African (diaspora) literature all over the world. She is a Fulbright scholar and Mellon fellow in addition to other academic accolades. Dr. Abraham earned a PhD in Comparative Literature with an emphasis on Postcolonial literature and culture (specifically African Diaspora Women’s Literature) and Popular Education at Binghamton University and her Bachelor’s degree in English (emphasis on Women’s Studies) at the esteemed Spelman College. She is also a certified Ayurvedic yoga specialist and experienced wellness practitioner which informs her J.E.D.I work. Keshia is the recipient of the Forum on Education Abroad’s 2022 Wolitzer Award for her remarkable service within International Education. She is currently a literary Artist-in-Residence at the Deering Estate


Michelle Grant-Murray is the Artistic Director of Olujimi Dance Collective and has taught, performed, and created work in Europe, Asia, South America, the United States and the Caribbean. Most recently, Michelle has served as performer and co-choreographer of Teo Castellano’s “F-Punk Junkies.” She has presented at the 2021 Afrikin Art Basel event, Resistance, Resilience, and Creation; The Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Noir Atlantic: Connecting Continents; 45 Degrees Summer Intensive, the Smithsonian Institute, Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute, the Perez Art Museum, the Norton Museum, and the Moving Body Moving Image Film Festival, Caribbean Studies Association, New Waves Festival, Edna Manley Performing Arts College, EnArts Performing Arts College, Oya Institute, the Caribbean Studies Association and the Biennial International Dance Conference. She conducts community engagement workshops, master classes and residencies at several universities, and dance institutions throughout the United States and abroad. Michelle is an Associate Professor Sr. and Coordinator of Dance at Miami Dade College where she is the Artistic Director of Jubilation Dance Ensemble. Michelle is the founder and host of “The Black Artist Talk,” a conversation that dialogs the creative process, politics, and preservation of Black Artists in South Florida. Michelle is the Founder and Executive Director of the annual Artistry In Rhythm (A.I.R.) Dance Conference presented and sponsored by Miami Dade College. As a dance scholar, she is the author of Beyond the Surface: An Inclusive American Dance History. Michelle is committed to the developmental voice of the Black Female Artists. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence with the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center and the Deering Estate.

About the Deering Estate
The Deering Estate is a 21st Century house museum, cultural and ecological field station, and a national landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, owned by the State of Florida, and managed by Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department. 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the construction of the Stone House, and along with our philanthropic partners, the Deering Estate Foundation & 100 Ladies of Deering, we will be hosting a series of events & programs in celebration of this momentous occasion.

Cultural Arts Programming at the Deering Estate is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.

About the Deering Estate Foundation
For those who treasure the Deering Estate, who advocate for its preservation and wish to invest in its future, The Deering Estate Foundation provides opportunities for individuals and corporations alike to partake in membership, signature events, and one-of-a-kind experiences, all in service of providing vital funding and support to the Deering Estate. Through these efforts, the foundation fulfills its mission to uphold the legacy of Charles Deering’s cherished 1920s-era property, to provide funding for the cultural, educational and recreational experiences it offers, as well as its significant scientific and archaeological endeavors to conserve its diverse flora, fauna and the eight native ecosystems that thrive on its 450 acres, and to ensure its longevity as a prized American heritage site. Established in 1989, The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc. is a community-based charitable 501(c) 3 Florida Corporation and the philanthropic partner of the Deering Estate.

08 November 2022

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