July 10, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In partnership with SOMArts, Rashaad Newsome’s semi-annual King of Arms Art Ball (KOAAB) takes the digital stage on Friday, July 10, 5pm PDT/ 8pm EDT. This one of a kind event has been bringing together a global panel of ballroom legends and emerging artists since 2013, and this year’s categories are inspired by Black artists who center legacies of resilience in their creative practice.

KOAAB provides a platform for up-and-coming artists and performers to explore social justice issues through acts of gathering and creation. Streamed on Youtube Live, KOAAB critically examines hegemony and its impact on our imagination. How do we decolonize our imaginations? How do we use them in the service of our own well-being or as a form of resistance?

Following the ball is a virtual dance party hosted by Rashaad Newsome on Instagram Live featuring DJ sets by DJ April Hunt and DJ Mike Q. 

Click here to stream the ball!

RSVP to the King of Arms Art Ball 6: Facebook Event Page

Tune into the Instagram Live dance party: @rashaadnewsomestudio

King of Arms Art Ball 6 is a digital event to support House of GG, the first educational and historical center solely dedicated to Transgender and gender nonconforming people in the United States.

Image credit: King of Arms Ball at Miami Art Basel, 2019. Image courtesy of Rashaad Newsome Studio

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