Michael Roberson at the 2018 ArtsEverywhere Festival

Michael Roberson
November 15, 2018

At the 2018 ArtsEverywhere Festival, activist, educator, and public health practitioner Michael Roberson shared insights and stories from his community of House|Ball artists who are now establishing the Ballroom Freedom School—an educational activist hub for Black and Latinx LGBTQ artists in New York City. In this video Michael is joined by elder Peter Schuler, Twysted Miyake Mugler, Brandon Hay of Toronto’s Black Daddies Club, and local community leader Marva Wisdom.

Michael’s lecture was part of the Big Ideas in Art and Culture lecture series, which is co-presented by Musagetes and CAFKA. To read more about the background of Michael’s work, please visit Ballroom: The Trans Sounds of Black Freedom.

Michael Roberson

Michael Roberson

Michael Roberson is a public health practitioner, activist, and leader within the LGBTQ community.

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