April 23, Step It Up: A Concert for Social Transformation

When: Sunday April 23rd 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, 600 W 70th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260

Presented by Saving Orphans through Healthcare and Outreach, The Desmond Tutu Center, Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, and Women4Change, the Concert for Social Transformation is a night of music and art set to the themes and actions required for social justice and social progress. The event will feature artists performing spoken word, dance and music. Spoken word to give a voice to the pressing social justice issues of our time. Music to heal, uplift, and unite people for the worthy cause of social change. Dance to propel individuals to step into action.

Concert is Free. Contributions Invited

Special Thanks to our Title Sponsor: Cindy Simon Skojdt

Special thanks to our Associate Sponsor: Indianapolis Chapter of The Links Inc

Register today at: stepitupconcert.eventbrite.com

Featured Performers: 

Amina Dzananovic- Amina has been performing spoken word since high school, when her high school poetry slam team “Tribe Called West” made it to the top 4 in the “Louder Than A Bomb Competition.” Amina continues to perform in the Chicagoland area and is working on publishing a collection of her pieces. She hopes to inspire young Muslim girls to have a strong voice and positive presence in America.



Angela Brown With a charming personality larger than life, Angela Brown unites opera, pops, and gospel in one sensational voice. A featured artist on the two-time Grammy Award® winning recording “Ask Your Mama,” Angela’s international reputation continues to grow. Her voice has been celebrated on the front page of The New York Times, on CBS Weekend News and CNN, in Oprah Magazine, and beyond. A proud Hoosier, Angela is a recipient of the Indiana University African American Arts Institute’s inaugural Herman C. Hudson Alumni Award, the Indiana Governor’s Arts Award, the Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Service Award, and a member of the Indianapolis Public Schools Hall of Fame. (Photo: Roni Ely)

Caroline Rothstein– 
a New York City-based award-winning writer, poet, and performer. She has been performing poetry, public speaking, facilitating workshops and teaching at colleges, schools, community organizations and performance venues worldwide for over a decade. Her writing has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, BuzzFeed, Narratively, The Forward and elsewhere. Called “a very inspiring woman” by Lady Gaga, Caroline and her work have been featured widely including in The New Yorker, MTV NewsChicago Tribune, The Huffington PostMic, Bustle, and Newsweek. She sits as President Emeritus of the Board of Directors for Mental Fitness, Inc., and is a Youth Mentor at Urban Word NYC. (Photo: Christopher Clauss)

Dawn Batson:
 a creative professional with twenty plus years of experience in multi-cultural education utilizing music and the arts with special emphasis on the steel pan, (known as the steel drum in the US), as a medium for cross-cultural outreach and economic empowerment. She has toured Europe, the Caribbean, North and South America as Music Director and Conductor with cultural groups and steel orchestras and served as the first Board Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago National Steel Orchestra. 
Dawn is also the Coordinator of the Strong as Steel Music intervention program by SOHO that will train youth in Indianapolis, Trinidad and Swaziland, using music as a medium for social change. She has been honored as a Who’s Who in America; Who’s Who in American Teachers; Who’s Who in American Women; and is a recipient of the Caribbean Cultural Leadership Award.

Jimmy Finnie- Director of the Indiana State University Percussion Ensemble and Steel Drum Band, Finnie has presented solo and chamber concerts, and clinics and master classes throughout the United States, Canada, China, Austria, Thailand, and Hungary. He performs regularly with Mojah Tuba (brass, percussion, and dance fusion) Cramped Spaces Ensemble (piano and percussion quartet), Caribbean Consort Steel Band, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Jimmy is an Artist Clinician for the Zildjian Cymbal, and Innovative Percussion Mallet Companies.

Paula Dione Ingram A Grammy nominated artist described as one of the finest singing actresses of our time, Ingram is a versatile, winning performer trained in the field of opera, musical theatre and cabaret. A native of St. Louis, Ingram attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she studied with Virginia Zeani. Ingram made her London “West-End” debut in the title role of Oscar Hammerstein’s Carmen Jones. Other professional experiences have included performances with Glyndebourne Festival Opera of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and performances with La Fenice Opera in Venice, Italy, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Other performers include: Broad Ripple High School Chorus, Wesley Bryant, Synergy Dance Company, Beth-El Zedeck’s “Shir Ami” Youth Choir  and more!


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