Momentum 2019 - A Weekend of Dancing, Singing, Visual Arts
Sojourner’s Truth Staff
The 2019 Momentum festival
hosted by the Toledo Arts Commission and sponsored by
ProMedica took to the streets and Promenade Park September
19-21 featuring dancing, singing, film, glass works and a
host of visual arts in a wide assortment of media.
The fun began on Thursday
evening with an array of ethnic, contemporary, traditional
and interactive dance performances in the downtown and
warehouse district including Mawtini Dabkeh Troupe, We R Hip
Hop, the Aegela Center for Middle Eastern Dance, the Scott
High School Marching Band Dancers ad many more.
At that same time, Rhonda
Sewell of Toledo Lucas County Library and Reginald Temple of
First Federal Bank, both members of the Arts Commission
board, held an event – Step Out 4 Art – at20 N. Gallery for
local members of African-American organizations to
participate in the Art Loop. The Step Out 4 Art brought
together Black Frog Brewery with liquid refreshment and
J’Mae’s Home Cooking for snacks on the same street as much
of the dancing and the performance by the Scott High School
and University of Toledo marching bands – the vision of
Jason Stumbo of UT and Candice Harrison of TPS.
Film screenings in
Promenade Park with the Supernova Digital Animation Festival
and the Momentum Intersection – the debut of new works be
the Alibi Studio, Sean Merchant and Zac Weinberg in their
collaboration of the artistic medium of glass and the
On Friday temporary arts
projects were on view but the highlight of the festival,
Chaka Khan, was on stage during the evening.
Saturday’s grand finale
was indeed grand with a Festival Park schedule that included
T.H.E Modern Dance Company, the Toledo Opera, the UT Rocket
Steelband, the Toledo Symphony and Bitch, Thunder.
In Promenade Park Latin
jazz, Middle Eastern dance, local hip-hop and r & b, chamber
pop, reggae, gospel, Tejano all took the stage along with
the UT High School Honors Orchestra.
At Imagination Station,
the Toledo Mini Maker Faire presented more than 25 diverse
makers with demonstrations and hands on activities – a
family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and