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Dada Rafiki: Conversations

May 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Aronoff Center

Dada Rafiki Conversations

Photo credit: Cincinnatiarts.org

Dada Rafiki: Conversations brings new energy to Women’s History Month.

Presented by Eye of the Artists Foundation and Cincinnati Arts Association at Aronoff Center for the Arts, Dada Rafiki: Conversations wants audiences to encounter a multi-sensory artistic experience of theater, dance, storytelling, music, and spoken word, honoring the legacy and impact of women. This year’s theme promotes a universal message of hope, health, and healing for Greater Cincinnati.


Tickets go on sale November 2019 at cincinnatiarts.org, so be on the lookout.

Dada Rafiki aims to:

  • Harness the healing power of the Arts
  • Tackle racism and reconciliation through the art of movement and dance
  • Shed light on the real face of poverty through spoken word and song
  • Use theatre to give voice to topics relevant to women’s mental and physical health
  • Spotlight domestic and sexual violence, and suicide
    ….and more!


About Annie Ruth
Cincinnati native, Annie Ruth, attended Cincinnati Public Schools, as a young girl and graduated from Aiken High School in 1981. She wrote and published her first volume of poetry in 1984 when she was attending the University of Cincinnati and used the proceeds of that book to provide a scholarship for a student only two years younger than she was. In addition, she was inspired to write after the tragic death of her nephew.  Annie Ruth’s first volume of poetry listed both her maiden and married last names because she wasn’t quite sure what to call herself.  Above all, she wanted people to know that the book was written by that young girl who grew up in College Hill.


Two years later after relocating to Southern California, she wrote her second volume of poetry and would later establish a pen name of “Annie Ruth” on her third volume, only using her first and middle names. Also, Annie Ruth traveled to Europe often with the U.S. Air Force Reserves and completed her education while living in California and returned home to Cincinnati. She continues to travel nationally and internationally, sharing her poetic and empowering voice.


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