The Kennedy Center

Donney Rose



Biography

Donney Rose is a poet, teaching artist and community activist from Baton Rouge. He works as a teaching artist and marketing director for an arts-based non-profit, Forward Arts Inc. His work as a performance poet/writer has been featured on, Atlanta Black Star.com , Blavity.com Button Poetry, All Def Digital, Slam Find, 225 Magazine and in online journals Drunk In A Midnight Choir Nicholls State's Gris Gris literary journal. His work as a community activist has been highlighted on BBC, Huffington Post, New York Times Democracy Now and The Advocate. He received the Humanitarian of the Year award at 2016 New V Awards for promoting activism through his art and is a member of Baton Rouge Business Report’s 2017 “Forty Under 40” class. He was mostly recently named as a 2018-2019 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow.

Upcoming Performances

Video 8/26/2018: The Beat That Binds Us: A multi-genre performative and visual piece curated by the 2018-2019 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellows

By combining elements of spoken word verse, hip hop, dance, visual art & instrumentation, The Beat That Binds Us explores the connectivity of Americans by using the body as a metaphor, with emphasis on its health and vitality dependent on the syncopated rhythm of its heartbeat. Through creating content that explores social norms and behaviors, this performance will investigate the barriers that create disease or disharmony in an increasingly divisive nation, and will unpack what we can do to move forward together as a functioning, beating heart.

About the Performers: The Kennedy Center, a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, honors our 35th President everyday by uplifting ideals from his legacy (service, justice, freedom, courage, and gratitude) that live through the arts. As part of this celebration of legacy, the Kennedy Center launched the "Citizen Artist Fellow Recognition" in 2016, which celebrates emerging artists across the country who utilize their art form for positive impact on communities. Through a year-long engagement with the Kennedy Center, Citizen Artist Fellows develop and strengthen connections in their fields, receive opportunities for artistic collaboration and presentation, and gain access to Kennedy Center Staff and Artistic Partners for individual professional development.

Donney Rose