Connecting NC State courses with the arts: NC State LIVE

Contact Amy Sawyers-Williams, arts outreach & engagement, to set up a connection (e.g. offer extra credit for your students who attend a virtual workshop).

Stay tuned for Fall 2022 class connections coming summer 2022

Fall 2021

Arturo O’Farrill

& The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Saturday, November 6 at 8pm
Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union

Click here to learn more about the concert

Class Connections

  • AFS 346 Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • AFS 346 Black Popular Culture
  • HI 215 Colonial Latin America
  • HI 216 Modern Latin America
  • HI 216 Latin America Since 1827
  • HI 372 African-American History Through the Civil War, 1619-1865
  • HI 453 United States-Latin American Relations Since 1823
  • MUS 200 Understanding Music: Global Perspectives
  • SOC 305 Racial and Ethnic Relations

Past Events:

Shana Tucker with Jaki Shelton Green & Nicole Mitchell

Black Feminist Theoretic Poetic Musings: a Live-Streamed Multidisciplinary Concert

Saturday, March 13 at 7pm
Post-show Q&A moderated by Natalie Bullock Brown

About the Event

Join NC State LIVE for Black Feminist Theoretic Poetic Musings, a multi-disciplinary performance centered in the narrative of 3 artists who will share poetic and musical perspectives of their lived experience navigating this country and world as Black women. 

Led by Shana Tucker (NC State LIVE social justice artist-in-residence and beloved cellist and vocalist), and featuring renowned jazz flutist Nicole Mitchell, and North Carolina Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green, who will share poems from her book breath of the song. This event will be streamed live from the Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre in Thompson Hall.

Natalie Bullock-Brown, a teaching assistant professor at North Carolina State University and a renowned documentary filmmaker will be moderating the post-show conversation. Light design, video composition/arrangement, and electronic scoring is by Ben Hovey. Featured photography and video for the evening is provided by Jade Wilson. Additional footage is sourced by students of Natalie Bullock-Brown’s “Black Feminist Theory” class.

Click here to for the show page with more info on each artist.

Class Connections:

  • AFS 241 Introduction to African American Studies
  • AFS 305 Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • AFS 342 Introduction to the African Diaspora
  • AFS 343 African American Religions
  • AFS 344 Leadership in African American Communities
  • AFS 346 Black Popular Culture
  • AFS 380 Black Feminist Theory
  • AFS 442 Issues in the African Diaspora
  • AFS 448 African-American Literature
  • ANT 251 Physical Anthropology
  • ARS 353 Arts and Cross Culture
  • ARS 353 Arts and Cross-Cultural Contacts
  • COM 112 Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 392 International Crosscultural Communication
  • COM 417 Advance Topics (Communication and Race)
  • ENG 207 Studies in Poetry
  • ENG 287 Explorations in Creative Writing
  • ENG 389 Intermediate Poetry Writing Workshop
  • HON 202 Inquiry, Discovery, and Literature
  • HON 290 Special Topics: Arts in Dissent During the Civil Rights Movement
  • HON 314 Society’s Mirror: Literature in 20th-Century AmericaUnits: 3

Ballet Hispánico

Choreographer Chat: Feb 17 @ 5:30pm

Latin Social Dance Class: March 23 @ 6pm

About the Event

Join Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director of Ballet Hispánico, and members of this revered company to watch a piece of from their iconic repertory, Danzón. Part conversation, part performance, this interactive Happy Hour event will give you a taste of the company’s powerful work together with a conversation with choreographer, Eduardo Vilaro, moderated by NC State alumna Daniela Patino-Zabaleta.

Initially evolved from Haitian contradance, the Danzón has been called the official dance of Cuba. Eduardo Vilaro has taken this traditional and quintessentially Cuban dance form and reinvented it with contemporary language to construct a joyous celebration of music and movement.

NOTE: Please register by noon on February 17 (the day of the event). This event will take place via Zoom. If you do not have a Zoom account, please sign up for a free Zoom account in advance of the event.

NC State LIVE is strongly committed to making our programming accessible to people of all abilities. If you have an accommodation request, please email Liza Green, associate director at

Class Connections:

  • ANT 325 Andean South America
  • ANT 395 Culture in Latin America
  • COM 417 Advance Topics (Communication and Race)
  • COM 392 International Crosscultural Communication
  • FLS 340 Introduction to Hispanic Literatures and Cultures
  • FLS 341 Introduction to Hispanic Literatures and Cultures
  • FLS 412 Topics in the Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean
  • HESD 264 Ballet I
  • HI 216 Latin America Since 1827

NC State LIVE Presents Las Cafeteras Digital Block Party on Tuesday October 6 at 5:30pm.

Learn more and register to attend here:

About the Block Party

Some of you may have gotten in on the action when Los Angeles-based band Las Cafeteras was here last fall with CONTRA-TIEMPO. This rocking group of Chicano artists and activists uses music as a vehicle to build bridges among different cultures and communities to create ‘a world where many worlds fit.’ We hope you’ll join us in your Zoom video blocks for a “Block Party” with Las Cafeteras as they create joyous music and inspiring conversation – and maybe even get you up and dancing.

Our Block Party with Las Cafeteras is presented as part of Latinx Heritage Month in partnership with NC State’s Multicultural Student Affairs.

NOTE: Please register for the Digital Block Party by Tuesday, October 6 at 12 noon. Participants will need to download a free Zoom account.

Class Connections:

  • FLS 353 Literature and Culture of Latin American III
  • FLS 412 Topics in the Culture of Latin American and the Caribean
  • SOC 203 Current Social Problems
  • SOC 220 Cultural Geography
  • ED 501 Students Advocating for Youth 1
  • ED 508 Exploring Diversity in Classroom and Community
  • HON 360 Music and Oppression
  • HON 293 Music and Social Life
  • HON 299 Popuar Songs and Communication
  • PSY 311 Social Psychology
  • PSY 360 Community Psychology Principles and Practice
  • AFS 305 Racial and Ethnic Relations