Educational Outreach

Buckman Educational Outreach 2019-2020

For the past 13 years, the Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center has offered over 96 educational outreach efforts to more than 23,750 Memphis area children who participated in engaging, interactive activities with world-class artists, free of charge. We endeavor to increase our programming each year to share these internationally acclaimed performers with as many students in the community as possible.

Zimbabwe’s Nobuntu

Sunday, October 20, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Named for the African concept of humbleness, love, purpose, unity and family, Nobuntu is Zimbabwe’s celebrated all-female, a cappella quintet that has drawn international acclaim for its unique blend of indigenous folk, Afro-jazz and gospel.  Performing with the Mbira (thumb piano) and traditional African dance, the group aims to celebrate and preserve its culture, beauty and heritage through art. Nobuntu was recently nominated Musician of the Year at the International Women Awards and has performed throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. The group stops in Memphis during its second US tour to offer music as a vehicle for change, transcending racial, religious, gender and economic boundaries. Sponsored in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission.



Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Sunday, February 9, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band's sordid history is as fascinating as its distinct New Orleans musical gumbo of jazz, funk, riffing and bebop.  In 1977, The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club assembled a traditional Crescent City house band comprised of the youth of Fairview Baptist Church. These Benevolent Societies provided a sort of insurance for the uninsurable African-Americans of the time, which included a brass band for funerals and entertainment throughout the year. The seven-members adopted the venue's name to become The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. It soon became a second line staple and a musical draw all its own. Today, these living legends are credited with revolutionizing and revitalizing New Orleans jazz with fifteen albums, countless awards and infectious live performances.

Sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and South Arts