On July 25, cellist-singer-songwriter Shana Tucker will hold a conversation on the role race plays in music, arts, and culture communities at 5 p.m. on the Elm Street Event Green, located at 111 Elm St. in Woodstock, prior to her 7:30 p.m. concert that same day.

The conversation is courtesy of South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Georgia Council for the Arts. It will be a community-invited discussion that is free to attend.

The Elm Street Event Green is an open-air space and both events will have socially-distant precautions in place. The conversation and dialogue will focus on Tucker’s experience playing a historically classical instrument as an African-American artist, how and why representation matters, and, as Tucker said, “how essential it is for all of us to be courageous in our conversations as we seek to better understand one another and share this world.”

The panel will include members of Tucker’s ensemble for the evening such as pianist Nick Rosen, drummer Justin Varnes, bassist Robby Handley, and members of Elm Street’s administrative and community outreach staff.

“This concert could not have come at a better time for the community,” Elm Street’s Executive Director Christopher Brazelton said. “Shana’s style has deep roots in two very different cultures and that blending is the togetherness we need as a community.”

The concert, which is a part of Elm Street’s annual Lantern Series, is appropriate for all ages to attend. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own food and drinks (no outside alcohol) and decorate their tables. Reformation beer and a variety of wines will be available for purchase.

Elm Street Cultural Arts Village is closely monitoring COVID-19 outbreaks as well as spikes and is working to ensure proper social distancing guidelines are met for the health, safety, and comfort of audience members, volunteers, and the artists. Official protocols and procedures can be found at elmstreetarts.org/before-you-go.

Tickets for Tucker’s performance after the conversation are on sale at www.elmstreetarts.org. All sales are final and the concert is rain or shine. Tables and seats are available at varying levels. For more information, call 678-494-4251.

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