Anthony R. Green Announces First Castle of Our Skins Residency

Anthony R. Green Announces First Castle of Our Skins Residency

Sunday, May 10, 2020

KHN Alum (2009) Anthony R. Green, Composer / Performer / Social Justice Activist, is excited to announce his organization, Castle of our Skins, will be inviting in it's first Creative-in-Residence to develop and curate work to coincide with their 2020-2021 season (June to June). The upcoming residency will come with a $1000 honorarium, and other opportunities. Although the open call deadline for this opportunity has passed, this new residency will run annually along with the organization's seasons, so watch the website (below) for upcoming application openings and deadines, as well as award announcements. Castle of Our Skins (COOS), a Boston-based non-profit dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. The goals of their new Creatives-in-Residence program are to foster community and collaboration with and among diverse creatives, to provide a platform for creatives to share their artistic practice, to strengthen, expand, and challenge COOS in a collaborative, creative environment and to increase and diversify COOS’s culturally enriching projects to the general public and social media/online communities.

Born out of the desire to foster cultural curiosity, Castle of our Skins is a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. From classrooms to concert halls, Castle of our Skins invites exploration into ​Black heritage and culture, spotlighting both unsung and celebrated ​figures of past and present. (via COOS website)

The creative output of Anthony R. Green (composer, performer, social justice artist) includes musical and visual creations, interpretations of original works or works in the repertoire, collaborations, educational outreach, and more. Behind all of his artistic endeavors are the ideals of equality and freedom, which manifest themselves in diverse ways in a composition, a performance, a collaboration, or social justice work.

As a composer, his works have been presented in over 20 countries. He has received commissions from Community Music Works, Make Music Boston, Celebrity Series Boston, the Robert McCormick Percussion Group, and various soloists and ensembles. He has been a resident artist at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (Nebraska), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Escape to Create (Florida), Visby International Centre for Composers (Sweden), Space/Time (Scotland), atelier:performance (Germany), and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Nebraska). As a performer, he has appeared at venues in the US, Cyprus, France, the Netherlands, the UK, Israel, Germany, Switzerland, Turkey, and South Korea.

Through music and entrepreneurship, Green comments on many issues related to social justice, including immigration, civil rights, the historical links between slavery and current racial injustice in the US, the contributions of targeted and/or minority groups to humanity, and more. His ongoing opera-project Alex in Transition highlights the life of Alex - a trans woman - and her journey to truth and authentic living. This opera has been featured in the Ft. Worth Opera Frontiers  Festival, presented by New Fangled Opera and One Ounce Opera, and performed in a concert production at the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv. Green’s most important social justice work has been with Castle of our Skins, a concert and education series organization dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. Co-founder, associate artistic director, and composer-in-residence, his work with Castle of our Skins has included concert/workshop curation and development, community outreach, lecturing about the history and politics concerning Black composers of Classical music, and more. His solo and colaborative work has been recognized by grants from Meet the Composer, the Argosy Foundation, New Music USA, and the American Composers Forum as a McKnight Visiting Composer. He is currently a fellow at the Berlin University of the Arts.

To learn more about Anthony's work, and for more about COOS, visit the links below.

Congratuations on the launch of the residency program, Anthony and Castle of our Skins!

Stay tuned, as Anthony will be featured in future episodes of our series, Humans of KHN!


Image credits: Anthony R. Green / Castles of our Skins