May 2019 / Mid City Arts & Music Festival / MINC

Saturday, June 8, 2019, Mid City Art & Music Festival, on Washington + Rimpau, from 12 PM – 7 PM, FREE! Performances by Sloan Robinson and Beebe Smith-Johnson


Washington + Rimpau
12 PM – 7 PM
Saturay, June 8, 2019

Representing the William Grant Still Arts Center are Actors: 
Sloan Robinson and Beebe Smith-Johnson, who will be performing excerpts from the book Little David Had No Fear by Judith Anne Still (Daughter of William Grant Still)

Sloan Robinson

By Judith Anne Still


Beebe Smith

Sloan Robinson

Mid City Stage

12:30 PM to 1:00 PM


Set to the Musical Underscore
Witness Volume II By William Grant Still

An Intimate Portrait Of William Grant Still
This Reading of excerpts from Little Davis Had No Fear is an intimate story of the
boyhood years and adult achievements of William Grant Still (1895 – 1978) . Labeled
The Dean of Afro-American Composers, he is one of the most important composers
of the twentieth century. Still, who came from a lineage which was Irish, Native
American, and Hispanic, was defined by his country as being solely a Negro. but his
multi-ethnic concerns are reflected in many of his works, including treatments of
traditional tunes, like Stephen Foster’s Swanee River, originally set in 1939 as a
piano solo. Still was the first Black symphonic composer in this country, and the first of his race to conduct a major orchestra. Still secured wide-spread performances and publications of his music. William Grant Still was the example for those who followed him in this country.

The Mid City Arts & Music Festival was founded by the MINC board in June 2017 as an annual community event.  The festival is funded through the neighborhood council outreach committee, in partnership with CD10 – City Council President Herb Wesson, and other community partners, such as St. Elmo’s Village & The Ebony Repertory Theater.  The festival is FREE to the public, and aims to highlight our local artists, musicians, community organizations, and businesses.  Festival goers come to enjoy a large variety of food trucks, live music, live art, and most of all, a beautifully diverse community that comes together to celebrate our rich cultural diversity.