Mann Center for the Performing Arts Launches New Frontiers Festival Inspired by Nasa Astronaut and Philadelphia Native Col. Guion Bluford, Jr.

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The Mann will mount its fourth consecutive festival this Spring titled New Frontiers: Launch, Explore, Discover.  The festival, which was announced today during a Black History Month celebration, will feature an inspiring collection of original, artistic programming linking the arts and sciences. New Frontiers is a six-month festival inspired by the 75th birthday of Colonel Guion Stewart Bluford, Jr., pioneering NASA astronaut, Philadelphia native and the first African American in space.

“Presenting curatorial festivals has become central to the Mann’s strategic vision as we work to reflect our commitment to artistic excellence, collaboration and community focus through unprecedented programming,” said Catherine M. Cahill, president and CEO of the Mann.  “This year’s festival presents an opportunity to not only join with many of our longstanding partners, but also to join with new partners of art and science to present exciting new programming that takes the Mann beyond our walls and into the community.”

Read the full article at AfroPhilly.com

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