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Liberated Muse Arts Group

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Who Is Liberated Muse?

Liberated Muse Arts Group

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Timeline of Our Work

 

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 award-winning journalist 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. 

2014-2016 

Liberated Muse 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.

2017

Liberated Muse wins "Best Musical" in Too Much Damn Theatre's Up All Night Musical competition. The fifteen-minute play Miss Trudy's Birthday, written by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman was presented in the Kennedy Center's Page to Stage Festival. Actors included Colie Aziza, Angela Ballard, CynDiva Harcum, Lori Madison, and Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman.

2017

Liberated Muse is nominated for the DC 48-hour Film Project Best Score award for the film entry Bracelet, written by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman and starring Mischay Mabry, Lyn Artope, Kiana Lawyer, Maulana Steele, Khari Dawson, Benjamin Dawson, Jr., Jocelyn Alexander, Colie Aziza, and Khadijah Ali-Coleman.

2018

C3 was re-branded as C3:Creative Creatives Creating and Liberated Muse presented the series to feature DC and Baltimore artists.

2018

Liberated Muse wins the DC 48-hour Film Project's award for Best Original Song in the film entry Bunt. Bunt stars Lyn Artope, Susan O'Hara, Timothy Honablew, Lissette Ruth-Stovall and Khadijah Ali-Coleman.

2018

Liberated Muse presented a mini-festival of short plays in ARTSCAPE in Baltimore, MD. The plays included Past Due, Miss Trudy's Birthday, and The Understanding written and directed by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, co-directed by Khari Dawson. Actors included Jamia Ferrell, Lyn Artope, Rayona L. Young, Colie Aziza, Lori Madison, Angela Ballard, and Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

2018

Liberated Muse debuted the Kwanzaa in August (KIA) Festival at the Anacostia Arts Center in Washington, DC. The three-day festival featured an art exhibit curated by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman and featuring the art of half a dozen visual artists, including Patrick Smith, Ben Dawson, and M. Zulu. Another component of the festival included film screenings by filmmakers Pamela Woolford, Cynthia Dorsey and Kia Reed along with Liberated Muse's films Bunt and Bracelet. The KIA Fest was created to commemorate Liberated Muse's 10th anniversary. Closing out the event, Liberated Muse debuted their CD AWAKENING

2018

Liberated Muse presented a reading of the dramatic play Building Beautiful, written by Khadijah Ali-Coleman in the Kennedy Center's Page to Stage Festival. One of our largest cast of actors, the play featured troupe members Angela Ballard, Colie Aziza, Lyn Artope, Yvonne Patresky, Kelly Canavan, Jamia Ferrell, Susan O'Hara, Rayona L. Young Xavier Halstead, William Honablew III, Timothy Honablew,  and Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman.

2019

C3: Creative Creatives Creating closed out as a performance series after three months at Alice's Jazz and Cultural Center in Washington DC. 

2019

Liberated Muse performs their debut album AWAKENING at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on the Millenium Stage.

2019

Liberated Muse presented the production Color in a Sphere of Monochrome in the Kennedy Center's Page to Stage Festival

2020

Liberated Muse toured a tribute to the late literary icon Toni Morrison. Tour stops included the DC Public Library System, Alexandria Public Library System, Prince George's County Public Library System in partnership with the Prince George's County African American Museum and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

2020

Due to COVID-19 many in-person performance opportunities ended. Liberated Muse presented digital events, including a Juneteenth series of programming for a week, as well as a return of the performance series C3 which was held monthly for three months. Featured artists during these events included Olu Butterfly, Alan King, Terry Borderline, Quineice, Teisha Marie, Enoch 7th Prophet, Tichaona Chinyelu and more.

2021

The Liberated Muse performance troupe participated in a week-long residency at The Reach at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts through the Page to Stage residency program. This sponsorship allowed Liberated Muse to work on new projects.