Press Street’s Antenna Gallery, Dancing Grounds and Ashé Cultural Arts Center Present:
Scott Turner Schofield Residency in New Orleans
Press Street is excited to announce performing artist Scott Turner Schofield’s residency in New Orleans, beginning with a free performance at Ashe Cultural Arts Center on Wednesday, September 3rd. Schofield is an award-winning performer and highly acclaimed diversity speaker on Transgender issues. His combination of advocacy and art has significantly changed non-discrimination policies nationwide. Schofield was named the 2014 Emory University LGBTQ Person of the Year, was included on Campus Pride’s 2012 Hot List of Top 25 LGBT Favorites, and was a Lambda Literary Awards finalist in 2009. Schofield is sought-after diversity speaker at universities around the country, and is known for presenting Transgender issues in a creative and accessible way.
Schofield’s residency is presented as part of the True Colors 2nd Annual Exhibition, founded and curated by Holis Hannan. Preceding Schofield’s performances, journalist and LGBTQ activist Billy Manes will present his documentary “Billy & Alan” on August 23rd from 2-5 PM at the Antenna Gallery (3718 St. Claude), followed by a panel discussion on marriage equality with Forum for Equality. Manes has been recognized for his work by the Watermark and Orlando Magazine, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Sunshine State Awards, though he will unable to accept his most recent award in person as he has chosen to be here in New Orleans for the True Colors Exhibit.
Following Manes, September 3rd at 6 PM, Schofield will present his popular performance entitled “Debutante Balls,” a theatrical stand-up comedy dance through the fascinating culture of the Southern Debutante Ball. Schofield’s wicked sense of self-aware humor and poetic sensibility guide us gently through the many ways he “came out” into Southern Society (as a lesbian, radical feminist, and finally, as a transgender man), poking fun at gender roles and sniffing the vapors of nostalgia gone-with-the-wind in these modern times. This performance will be held at Ashe Cultural Arts Center (1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard).
Schofield’s residency will continue on Thursday, September 4th with a Happy Hour Salon at Press Street’s Antenna Gallery at 3718 St. Claude at 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public, and will include an open bar. During the Salon, Schofield will speak about his transition and his work in LGBTQ communities, with an informal Q & A and discussion to follow.
His final performance is “365 Days of Crazy” and will be held on September 6th from 7-9 PM. This performance will be $10 for the general public, $5 for Press Street and Dancing Ground members and will be held at Dancing Grounds (3705 Saint Claude).
What: Scott Turner Schofield Residency, True Colors 2nd Annual Exhibition
When: September 3rd, September 4th, September 6th
Where: Press Street’s Antenna Gallery at 3718 St. Claude, Dancing Grounds at 3705 St. Claude, Ashe Cultural Arts Center at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard