ARTE NOIR EDITORIAL

APRIL 2022 LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Spring is here! With the budding of flowers, this season we are also emerging from an extremely long hibernation and the exhaustion of Zoom meetings that necessarily replaced our in-person gatherings. People are out and about and back to experiencing live arts, and we are here for it all!


In fact, the excitement of seeing live theater again led me to New York for a front row, opening night seat to experience for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem dedicated to Black women. The richness of experiences that represent Black women’s culture and the arrival of a new season are gloriously celebrated on stage at the Booth Theater, where the production was mounted forty-six years ago. What a beautiful return and a perfect blooming of the ladies in orange, brown, red, green, blue, purple, and yellow! With the recent announcement of Tony Award nominations for the show, including a nod to Camile A. Brown for her directing, Broadway has sprung to life and spring fever is in the air.


We’re excited about this new arts season and the opportunities to be cautiously back in person. It’s been a long couple of years of adjusting to a way of life mandated by restrictions, and these times have presented numerous challenges and mountains of loss. While we celebrate our ability to now move more freely, we are reminded to continue to take precautions that will sustain us and allow us to show our in-person love for the arts and protect our treasured artists.


Now get out there and get some live art in your life!