In an effort to facilitate dialogue between professional and laypersons from around the country who share an interest in preserving and revitalizing the multi-layered cultural legacy 0f African American spirituals, The Spirituals Project will collaborate with the University of Denver to host the first R E A P National Conference on the Spirituals.
R E A P stands for the four pillars of Research, Education, Activism and Performance that are at the center of the mission and guiding vision of The Spirituals Project.
The conference will be held June 13 – 15, 2013 on the University of Denver campus. We are encouraging participation by professional and lay persons with widely diverse interests in such areas as music, education, literature, history, religion, culture, and social justice. We also welcome participants who simply want to learn more about the spirituals and enjoy a variety of educational presentations and inspirational creative performances. Interested participants will have an opportunity for low-cost lodging and meals in one of the University’s newly constructed, air-conditioned residence halls. Those interested in off-campus lodging will be provided with a list of hotels in the area.
For more information, visit the R E A P National Conference website or call 303.871.7993.
University of Denver - Ruffatto Hall Room 242
1999 E Evans Ave - Denver, CO 80208-1720
Our mission is to preserve and revitalize the music and teachings of the sacred songs called “spirituals,” created and first sung by enslaved Africans in America in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Spirituals Project is a broad-based initiative to explore the many, varied dimensions of African American spirituals as art form, tradition and tool; and to invite all people to experience the joy and power of this dynamic music and gift from African Americans to the world.
Spirituals uplift in times of crisis, heal, comfort, inspire and instill hopes and dreams, thereby transforming individuals, communities, and whole societies. Our goal is to ensure that the spirituals will be passed on for many generations to come.
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