Salon~360 is a monthly, multidisciplinary hub of artistic, intellectual development, and cross-cultural exchange to inspire and create new collaborative projects. Our signature format centers on a theme related to a pressing social issue that engages a penetrating question, artistic performance, and robust dialogue.
About Salon~360’s 2015 Season and Benefit Show
Our 2015 inaugural season entertained five themes: forgiveness, anger, suicide, humane capacity, and grief. Salon~360’s first annual benefit show explored these themes through the collaborative performances of talented artists.
Salon~360 September Theme: Suicide
The Question: How do we think about self-determination?
Vignette: The Milky Way at Dawn
About the Vignette: Through poetry, a trilogy of voices share their unique life experiences with depression, suicide, and hope. The performance moves through numerous emotions within depression and loss, but ends with a universal aspect of connection and cleansing.
Performers (L-R): Annette Billings, Ronda Miller, and Olive L. Sullivan
Image: Apollonia Shreders
Salon~360 July Theme: Forgiveness
The Question: What is forgiveness and is it always appropriate?
Vignette: Dear Daddy
About the Vignette: Kenny asks his older self, Iyaba, to forgive his father.
Performer: Iyaba Ibo Mandingo
Salon~360 November Theme: Grief
The Question: Can we recover from grief or can we only hope to manage it?
Vignette: Let It Sear, Blister, and Burn
About the Vignette: Renee has done the one thing she knows is nearly unforgivable. It’s a tiny thing that may shatter the fragile world she inhabits with her mother – or will it start them down a long, difficult road to healing?
Performer: Simone Savannah, written by Darren Canady
Simone Savannah Image: Darren Canady
Salon~360 October Theme: Humane Capacity
The Question: What is our capacity, as individuals, to care for others?
About the Vignette: Migration and the refugee crisis as a reflection on humanity’s past.
Performer: Tony George Chidi Akundinobi
Salon~360 August Theme: Anger
The Question: Is anger ever appropriate?
Vignette: Breaking the Dam
About the Vignette: An ekphrastic poetry, movement, and musical meditation on the 2014 events in Ferguson, Missouri
Performers: Choreographer, Gary Abbott, composer, Paul Rudy, spoken word artist, Rob Love
Dancers: Kelsey Crawford, Breeanna Dorsey, Makenna Dowling, DaJuan Johnson, Ayana Roberson, John Swapshire, Nia Towe