The Oberlin Review

Why Tear Down Our Heroes? We Need Them Now

Peter Takács, Professor of Piano
March 6, 2020
OSLAM team members bowing at the end of last year’s Grand Slam.

OHOP, OSLAM Center Black, POC Voices on Campus

Imani Badillo, Senior Staff Writer
November 22, 2019

Community Should Reflect Upon History of College Spaces

Kameron Dunbar, Columnist
March 9, 2018
Organ Pump in Finney

Organ Pump in Finney

Julia Peterson and Ellis Lane
September 29, 2017
Yesterday evening marked the 21st annual Colors of Rhythm showcase, conceived in 1997
to highlight certain cultural modes of performance notably absent from curricula and mainstream
awareness. The event has persisted to this day as a platform for artists and performers
of color to explore and celebrate cultural art forms.

The primary objective for Colors of Rhythm is to provide “a forum for disenfranchised artists
and performers of color” to express themselves through forms historically omitted from
course offerings, and, in so doing, to “initiate constructive protest against issues of cultural
appropriation and uncritical cultural assimilation by and within dominant cultures,” according
to its mission statement.

Presenting a variety of performances from Taiko drumming and dance forms like step to
spoken word and vocal pieces, the showcase seeks to raise awareness about whitewashing
and appropriation, as well as challenge the dynamic of decontextualization that can occur
when such forms are coopted into dominant artistic movements.

Colors of Rhythm

Text by Victoria Garber, Arts editor
March 31, 2017

Cole to Lead Oberlin Orchestra in Classical, Contemporary Show

Ivan Aidun, Staff writer
February 24, 2017
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