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Liberated Muse Arts Group

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Liberated Muse Arts Group is a literary and performance arts company.

The mission of Liberated Muse Arts is to engage inter-generational audiences through music performances and multi-disciplinary productions in ways that entertain and promote, encourage, and facilitate a forum for art exploration, education and community activism. Liberated Muse Arts Group creates a variety of productions produced each year.

Below is a timeline of highlights in our history.

Timeline:

2008-2012  Our online community LiberatedMuse.com was created by Khadijah  Z. Ali-Coleman . This community existed from 2008-2012 and allowed members to share videos, artwork and collaborate virtually.

2008-2010 Khadijah partnered with another entrepreneur to create the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest through a business partnership called Liberated Muse Productions. The festival took place in Marvin Gaye Park in the northeast part of Washington DC. The festival ran for three summers and was free and open to the public.  It was covered by local and national media, including MTV, National Geographic, FOX News, NBC, Washington City Paper and more. The United States Census Bureau recognized Liberated Muse for their work in helping the US Census Bureau garner qualitative data from participants of the festival.

2009 Khadijah put a call out to the Liberated Muse digital community for literary and visual artists and edited the first book anthology Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul. More than a dozen writers and visual artists were featured in the anthology and during performances promoting the book. Writers and artists featured included The Root  editor, award-winning Kirsten West Savali, Black Age of Comics innovator Turtel Onli, memoirist Francine Balwin and poets Tichaona Chineylu and Jade Andwele.

2009 Liberated Muse produced a variety show for the ARTOMATIC festival in Crystal City, VA which was used as a platform to introduce the new Liberated Muse anthology to the public. Featured writers in the anthology presented readings of their work, including Alan King, Margaux Delotte-Bennett and Farah Lawal

2009 Liberated Muse presented the art exhibit "Celebration of Life", curated by Sharon J. Burton featuring her work and the work of Choke, Kiesha Carroll, Shante Monroe, Sherry Burton Ways, Stephan Cox, Prudence Bonds and more. The exhibit ran for three months at the Potter's House in Washington, DC.

2009-2012 Liberated Muse produced more than four benefit concerts at the Potter's House in Washington DC  to support area charities and nonprofits including YeleHaiti,  Southeast Ministry, and DC College Success Foundation. 

2010 Liberated Muse produced the play "Running: AMOK" written by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, music composed by Gary Young. It debuted in the 5th Annual Capital Fringe Festival in Washington DC. The play was covered by local media, including the Prince George's County Gazette.  A soundtrack to the play was released later that year.

2011 A second season of Running: AMOK runs in Baltimore, MD and the Washington DC area for five days, with stops at Germano's, the Bonifant Theater, The Corner Store, Oxon Hill Library and Annie's Art Gallery.

2012 The second anthology, edited by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman,  Liberated Muse Volume II: Betrayal Wears a Pretty Face was released, featuring her work and work by Alan King, Nathan Seven Scott, Sumayyah Talibah and more.

2013 Liberated Muse Arts Group was the first La-Ti-Do artists-in-residence at Black Fox Lounge in Washington, DC for the month of August. La-Ti-Do is an award-winning weekly performance series highlighting musical theater and spoken word.

2012-2014 The Liberated Muse musical stage production In Her Words debuted at Martin Luther King, Jr. Public Library in Washington DC. The show toured the Washington DC area, commissioned by the United States Peace Corps and other branches of the DC Public Library system in 2012. In following years, the production was commissioned by the Smithsonian, Alexandria Library System, and festivals in the area. 

2014-present Liberated Muse has provided arts educational programming , including workshops on topics such as Music Licensing, the Business of Art, etc. while also performing in events catering to audiences of all ages. Liberated Muse performance stops have included the DC Poetry Festival, the Taste of Black DC, the Adams Morgan Day Festival, and more.

2015 After the death of prolific artists Dr. Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee, Liberated Muse Arts Group created a devised piece in tribute to the two women. The production melds the poetic work of both women with historical oration and original music by company members Colie Aziza, Angela "Anonamas" Ballard and Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman. The tribute show has been presented in the Artscape Festival, AllNightDC Festival, ARTOMATIC, Baltimore Book Festival and Light City Festival in Baltimore.

2015 Debuted the sold-out improv musical theater show "Madame Breezy's Speakeasy" at Viccino's in Silver Spring, MD.

2015 Began the open mic and performance series #theSPILL which ran for almost a year. It began in Washington DC and ended in Baltimore, hosted by Liberated Muse troupe member Anonamas Grooves. The platform featured artists such as CynDiva Harcum, Brian Christopher, Nia Simmons, Kenny Sway, Dior Ashley Brown, and more!

2016 Participated in #BeyondtheHashtag and other rallies and events bringing awareness and building advocacy around issues impacting African-American communities, including police brutality.

2017 The third anthology, Liberated Muse Volume III: Creases Expelled from the Fold was released online as a free digital anthology with music, poetry and visual art. The anthology is interactive and includes the work of Maura Alia Badji, Slangston Hughes, Shameeka Dream, Master See, Virginia Avniel Spatz and more.

2017 Liberated Muse Arts Group , in partnership with The Artist Compound, LLC, curates the stage for the artist mixer and performance series C3: Create, Connect, Conquer at RL Hotel Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Md.

2017 Liberated Muse debuts the original production When We Were Goddesses in the Artscape festival in Baltimore, Md and the play's CD of the same title.

Our core troupe includes the following artists:

 

Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman (Khadijah Moon)

FOUNDING PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR | COMPANY MEMBER
khadijah@liberatedmuse.com

Khadijah “Moon” Ali-Coleman is founding Director of Liberated Muse Arts Group, a multi-disciplinary arts company specializing in entertainment and educational products and services. read more here

 

Colie "Aziza" Williams

COMPANY MEMBER

colie@liberatedmuse.com

Colie Aziza (Williams) is a singer/songwriter, actor, teacher and writer born and raised in the Bronx, NY. read more here.

 

 

Lyn Artope 

COMPANY MEMBER

lyn@liberatedmuse.com

Lyn Artope is a long-time member of Liberated Muse Arts Group originally from Brooklyn, New York, but currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland where she works creatively as a writer and an actor. read more here

 

Anonamas

COMPANY MEMBER

anonamas@liberatedmuse.com

Singer/Songwriter Angela Ballard, known onstage as the artist Anonamas, tours with Liberated Muse Arts Group for musical performances and tribute performances, including the recent Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee tribute tour. read more here

 

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