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Black art discussed in LPCA course

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Center for the Arts is hosting an online class called “Black Narratives” every Tuesday in October.

The four-class series will be held over Zoom from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Registration costs $62 and can be completed by calling 518-523-2512 or online at lakeplacidarts.org/virtual-experiences/black-narratives.

Instructor Janelle Gray will lead participants through reading, viewing and listening assignments from a range of art forms: literature, television, art and song. She explains these platforms “are useful tools to connect people through the sharing of stories.” The course will contemplate the historical and political context surrounding these pieces, the message, why it is needed and the impact of the art. The goal is for audiences to develop a broader artistic palette.

Gray is a poet, author, singer, songwriter and storyteller born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She has released a solo album, “Handle This,” published a fictional novel, “Echoes of the Struggle,” after quitting her job and relocating to Colombia.

In 2019, she produced a workshop of her play, “#voiced,” and worked as a first assistant director on short films in Dallas. She is also the creator of Echoes Media, dedicated to providing multiple platforms for often unseen communities with the aim of eradicating discrimination and promoting inclusion.

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