Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
The Kitchen Table Revisited Concert, held on Saturday in LPAC, featured women artists of color, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, Mayda del Valle, D’Lo, Ursula Rucker, and DJ Ultraviolet. Organized by Dean of Intercultural Center Rafael Zapata, and Maori Holmes from the Black Lily Music and Film Festival, the concert was part of a weekend full of events intended to highlight the presence of women of color in the arts. The title was inspired by the activist feminist press started in the 1980s, called Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press.
The Swarthmore Womyn of Color Collective also co-hosted the event. “It is important to have events/spaces where the work and art that women of color create can exist,” said Grace Kaissal ’10, “outside of intellectual/academic spaces, through a medium that is accessible to everyone, and to showcase work that you don’t see on a regular basis in mainstream media. It’s not just about having diversity in representation but also diversity in content, including those very real female experiences in everyday discourse.”