Up!Up! Launch Party at the MCA Preview- A Great Party for a Great Purpose

The Museum of Contempoary Art (MCA), 220 E. Chicago Ave.), will host a launch party for UP! UP! on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 6pm – 10pm. (VIP access at 4pm).

Up!Up! logo; photo from Africa Facts; image courtesy of Michael G. Nicholas Foundation


The party will feature Ntozake Shange, Kerry James Marshall, Kahil El’Zabar, Fareed Haque, Corey Wilkes, DJ Rich Medina, and many more. It will prove to be one of the most compelling creative arts gatherings of the year.

Sir Kahil El'Zabar; photo courtesy of Sheri Eisner


Through UP! UP! (Uplifting People in a Unified Purpose) these internationally acclaimed award-winning artists will join forces with the Michael G. Nicholas Foundation to raise money for children and women in Sub-Saharan Africa who continue to suffer from the horrific aftermath of extreme and widespread violence. The funds raised will be dedicated to providing food, shelter, educational resources, and entrepreneurial employment opportunities. UP! UP! is a plea to all Americans to care about the world and the people in it. We are going to do something about it!

Ntozake Shange; photo courtesy of Adger Cowans


The pageantry of the UP! UP! Launch Party is going to be a unique and captivating experience! 

VIP guests will be treated to a special showing of the very last hour of Kerry James Marshall’s Mastery Exhibition at the MCA at 4pm, followed by an exclusive VIP reception beginning at 5pm which will include a performance by the Ensemble Traditional Du Cameroon who specialize in masterful  storytelling from various regions of their country.

Kerry James Marshall; photo courtesy of Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin


General admission opens at 6pm. The master of ceremonies for the evening, ABC’s Will Jones will host a traditional Cameroonian naming ceremony.


At 7pm, jazz legend  Sir Kahil El’Zabar will premiere his brand new "IS" Project, (Improvised Soul) featuring renowned poet/writer Ntozake Shange, along with Fareed Haque/guitar, Cory Wilkes/trumpet, Teodross Avery/tenor sax, Khari Lemuel/cello/voice, and Maurice Mahon/vocals.

Sir Kahil El'Zabar; photo courtesy of Sheri Eisner


At 8:30pm the rollicking dance party finale will begin with the Afro House inspired music of international superstar, DJ Rich Medina! UP! UP! Is also the official after -party for Art Expo/Chicago!

Invitation; image courtesy of Michael G. Nicholas Foundation


For further information and to buy tickets go to UpUpLaunchParty Website





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