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Business, Entrepreneurship and Career Planning
Center for Arts, Migration and Entrepreneurship

African Entrepreneurship,
The Arts and Beyond

March 31st - April 1st, 2o22

The Speakers



Center for Arts, Migration and Entrepreneurship

Oṣubi Craig, a multi-talented higher education administrator, engineer, arts presenter, African Diasporan percussionist, and arts advocate, brings a great deal of experience and energy to his new role as Director of the Center for the Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship (CAME) in the College of Arts at the University of Florida (CoTA).  Oṣubi recently served as the chair of the working group on Access, Equity, and Inclusion as Functional Catalysts  for the College of The Arts Meta Strategy and strategic planning process. Currently he serves as the college representative on several campus-wide working groups: the UF Equitable AI group, the Advanced AI Faculty Learning Community,  as well as the AI and Society  workgroup.

Onye Ozuzu

Onye Ozuzu is a performing artist, choreographer, administrator, educator and researcher currently serving as the Dean of the College of the Arts at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.  Previously she was Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Columbia College Chicago.

Onye has been presenting Dance works since 1997.   Based in the US her work has been seen at venues such as Seattle Festival of Improvisational Dance, Kaay Fecc Festival Des Tous les Danses(Dakar, Senegal), La Festival del Caribe (Santiago, Cuba), Lisner Auditorium (Washington DC), McKenna Museum of African American Art (New Orleans, LA), danceGATHERING Lagos, as well as many anonymous site-specific locations.  Recent work includes Touch My Beloved’s Thought a collaboration with composer, Greg Ward, Project Toola work which garnered a 2018 Joyce Award. She facilitates work in a group improvisational score, The Technology of the Circle.  She continues to serve the field of dance as a thought leader, speaker and curator.  

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Cheryl Finley

Director of the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective

Cheryl Finley is the Inaugural Director of the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective and Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Art & Visual Culture at Spelman College. Committed to engaging strategic partners to transform the art and culture industry, she leads an innovative undergraduate program at the world’s largest historically Black college and university consortium in preparing the next generation of African American museum and visual arts professionals.

A curator and contemporary art critic, Dr. Finley is also an award-winning author noted for Committed to Memory: The Art of the Slave Ship Icon (Princeton University Press, 2018), the first in-depth study of the most famous image associated with the memory of slavery—a schematic engraving of a packed slave ship hold—and the art, architecture, poetry, and film it has inspired since its creation in Britain in 1788. Her co-authored publications of note include My Soul Has Grown Deep: Black Art from the American South (Yale University Press, 2018), Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story (Carnegie Museum of Art, 2011), and Diaspora, Memory, Place: David Hammons, Maria Magdalena Campos- Pons, Pamela Z (Prestel, 2008). A frequent essayist, Dr. Finley’s writing has appeared in numerous academic and popular publications, including Aperture, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, American Quarterly, Art Forum and Small Axe.

Anita Spring

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, African Studies, Latin American Studies, and Women’s Studies

Dr. Anita Spring is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, African Studies, Latin American Studies, and Women’s Studies at the University of Florida. Dr. Spring first came to UF in 1973 and her research expertise spans a wide variety of subjects including Cultural, Applied, and Medical Anthropology, International Agricultural Development, Food Security, Entrepreneurship and Micro-enterprises, Women/Gender in International Development, Environment and Resource Management, the African Business Environment, China in Africa, Food Security and Sovereignty in Africa, and International and Gendered Land Politics. She has authored 10 books, over 60 peer reviewed articles, monographs, U.N. publications, and more.

Since 1970, Dr. Spring has traveled to 20 African countries to conduct research, present papers conferences, and carry out consultancies. In addition to her work as Professor at UF, she served as Associate Chair of the Anthropology Department (1979-1981, 1983-1984, 1993-1994) and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (1985-1988). She has also held prominent appointments with USAID as Chief of Party in Malawi and other consultancies in Sub-Saharan Africa and with FAO as Chief of Women in Agriculture and Rural Production during her career. Dr. Spring retired in 2009 but is active in the academic and UF communities, including as Director of the Sub-Saharan Business Environment Report (2010-2014) and through publishing at least 2 books and several articles as an Emeritus Professor. She served as President of Culture and Agriculture and the Association of Africanist Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association giving the 2016 Distinguished Lecture on November 17 entitled “Successes and Barriers to Women’s Entrepreneurship: From Micro to Large Scale Enterprises”.


Dionne's work has focused on the design and ethnographic study of learning environments that blend STEM and creative embodied learning activities, particularly for children who have experienced feelings of marginalization in STEM education settings (e.g. African Americans, girls).  She is interested in understanding the ways these populations draw on their everyday practices and use their bodies as resources.  She explores STEM engagement through making and embodied experienceto construct broader conceptualizations of cognition that substantively intertwine STEM learning and development, attending to the affective, social and emotional while broadening STEM knowledge and understanding.  

Dionne is an engineer, dancer, arts educator, and education researcher. Her background and experiences give her a unique perspective for understanding issues related to STEM and children from communities of color as well as an informed perspective on the intersections of arts and sciences, informal and school settings, theory and practice.  Trained primarily as a qualitative researcher, she has developed a toolkit that includes video ethnography, participant observation, video and artifact elicitation interview, clinical interview and multimodal analysis.

She is founder of DancExcel, a creative arts center in Gary, Indiana.  Her experience running that program include designing and implementing educational programming that infuses science, math, writing and history into music and dance activities.  This work has deepened her appreciation for the fact that context matters, that cognition is complex and that understandings are often demonstrated but left unspoken. It also deepened her commitment to exploring both STEM and making opportunities for children of color, thinking not only about how to broaden participation, but also about how to understand, respect, and shed light on the ways in which children already engage, and the strengths that they bring to the table.  Dionne is currently developing a research program that studies ways to engage children in authentic STEM experiences and that interrogates and complicates the ways we think about sense-making, particularly within informal learning environments like Makerspaces where STEM is not just STEM, movement can be more than “just” movement, and the pathways to understanding are not linear, normative, or even always predictable.


Rich Pellegrin

Music Theory, Center for Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship

Rich Pellegrin was appointed to the UF faculty in 2017 and is an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship. He previously taught music history, theory, jazz, and improvisation at the University of Missouri and at the University of Washington, where he completed his PhD in 2013.

Pellegrin’s research examines the significance of the Salzerian analytical tradition with respect to both the classical and jazz idioms. He has presented papers at numerous regional, national, and international conferences. His work has been published in Jazz Perspectives, Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy, the Journal of Schenkerian Studies, and in volumes by Cambridge Scholars Publishing and KFU Publishing House. Pellegrin recently served as Guest Editor of a special issue of Jazz Perspectives devoted to John Coltrane.

As a jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader, he has released four albums on Origin Records’ OA2 label. His record Down was reviewed in Downbeat Magazine, which described "moments of absolute bliss" and wrote, "Pellegrin does as the great pianists do, supplying encouragement and graceful touches in the background, before diving forward to take solos that are by turns florid and cracked, balletic and modern." He is currently working on a multi-volume solo project, the second disc of which will be released in 2022.



March 31 - April 1st



Silviu O Ciulei


Amelia Winger-Bearskin


Heidi C Powell


Welson Tremura


Porchia Moore


Joan Frosch


Sarah Politz

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Kate Golebiowska

Emrah Sahin

Barbara McDade

Thaddaes Borne

Conference Program 

Day 1: March 31, Noon-5:00 pm (EDT) via Zoom


Opening Session

12:15 pm  Welcome: Oṣubi Craig, Director, Center for Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship (CAME) 
Onye P. Ozuzu, Dean, College of the Arts 
12:30 pm  Keynote: The Role of Africans in the Diaspora and the Global Art Economy  
Cheryl Finley, Director, Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective; Distinguished Visiting Professor, Spelman College; and Associate Professor of Art History, Cornell University 
1:05 pm  Q&A Discussion: Led by Oṣubi Craig, Director, CAME 
1:25 pm  Break 
1:30 pm  Introduction: Entrepreneurship & Beyond. Anita Spring, Conference Co-Organizer and Book Co-Editor 

Session 1 Presentations by CAME Faculty & Affiliates 

1:45 pm  Dionne Champion, Radical Healing: The Transformative Power of the Arts for African American Youth Communities 
2:00 pm  Rich Pellegrin, Separate and Unequal: Segregation in North American Music Curricula 
2:15 pm  José Valentino Ruiz-Resto, Thaddaeus Bourne, and Silviu Ciulei, The Intertwining of Cross-Cultural/Generational Afro-Diasporic Entrepreneurship: Using Music Multimedia Production to Facilitate Intercultural Empathy and Translatability 
2:30 pm  Q&A Discussion: Led by Oṣubi Craig 
2:45 pm  Break
2:50 pm  Amelia Winger-Bearskin, Wampum Codes  

Session 2 Presentations 

3:00 pm  Kate Golebiowska, Identifying and Mapping the African Diaspora in Australia 
3:15 pm  Emrah Sahin, Wells of Hope: Localizing Community, Humanity, and Turkish Enterprise in Sub-Saharan Africa 
3:30 pm  Heidi Powell and Kenneth Chepkwony, Mapping Cultural Memory through Community Participation and Arts Practice  
3:45 pm  Q&A Discussion: Led by Oṣubi Craig 
4:00 pm  Break 
4:05 pm  Oṣubi Craig, Barbara McDade Gordon, Anita Spring, and Welson Tremura, Acknowledgements and Announcements 
4:15 pm  CAME Café Lounge Time   
5:00 pm  End of Day 1 

Day 2, Friday, April 1, Noon-5:00 pm (EDT) via Zoom or in person


Opening Session

12:15 pm  Welcome: Oṣubi Craig, Director, CAME 
12:30 pm  Keynote: Atunda. The 4 Cs: Creativity, Community, Creative Capital 
Qudus Onikeku, Inaugural Maker in Residence, CAME; Research Assistant Professor, College of the Arts; Artistic Director Peoples Center Lagos, Nigeria  
1:05 pm  Q&A Discussion: Led by Oṣubi Craig 
1:25 pm  Break 

Session 3 Presentations

1:30 pm  Rachel Carrico, Stealing Moves: Mutual Aid, Dance, and Shared Property 
1:45 pm  Porchia Moore, Sankofa: Sending the Benin Bronzes Home, the Luxuries of Identity Politics, and All Eyes on Africa’s Museum Bloom 
2:00 pm  Q&A Discussion: Led by Oṣubi Craig

Session 4 Presentations 

2:15 pm  Welson Tremura, Afro-Brazilian Folk Music in Rural Brazil 
2:30 pm  Joan Frosch, Shifting Center: Artists Mobilizing Africa-Based Futures  
2:45 pm  Sarah Politz, The Valorization of African Culture Among Benin’s Brass Band Musicians 
3:00 pm  Q&A Discussion: Led by Oṣubi Craig 
3:15 pm  Break 

Session 5 Presentations

3:20 pm  Qudus Onikeku, Welcome to Afropolis (Video Montage) 
3:35 pm  Augusto Soledade, Like Onions (Video Performance)  
3:50 pm  Q&A Discussion: Led by Oṣubi Craig 
4:00 pm  Break 
4:05 pm  Epilogue. Arts Entrepreneurship Forward!  Barbara McDade Gordon, Conference Co-Organizer and Book Co-Editor 
4:15 pm  Oṣubi Craig, Barbara McDade Gordon, Anita Spring, and Welson Tremura, Acknowledgements and Announcements 
4:45 pm  End of Conference Sessions. Onward to R&R. MUSIC TIME!! 

Concert (Live and YouTube)
6:30 pm  Welson Tremura, Jacaré Brazil in Concert and Beyond!

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Jose Valentino

Music Business & Entrepreneurship 

Considered by many to be one of the most trailblazing multi-hyphenates of his generation, Dr. Ruiz is an expert in music & media, television, global outreach & community development, and education industries. To date and within five continents, Dr. Ruiz has performed 1400+ concerts; produced 90+ albums; produced 30 nationally-televised film scores & jingles; keynoted empirical research presentations at 50+ universities; and facilitated 40+ mission trips in partnership with numerous organizations (i.e., Boundless Global, World Relief, among others). His artistry and scholarship have been featured nationally and internationally in the USA Today, Billboard, Yahoo!, ESPN, PBS, Fox, CBS, ABC, Univision, Telemundo, and NBC, to name a few.

Distinctions in Arts Entrepreneurship in Professional Practice and Research:

EMMY® Award Winning music producer and saxophonist (i.e.: 2018 Best Cultural Documentary); GRAMMY® Award Winning composer and flutist (i.e.: 2020 Best Contemporary Classical Composition); GRAMMY® Award Winning album audio engineer and flutist (i.e.: 2019 Best Christian Album in Spanish Language); GRAMMY® Award Nominated artist, composer, producer, and audio engineer (i.e.: 2015 Best Latin Jazz/Jazz Album); GRAMMY® Award Nominated album producer and mastering engineer, and arranger (i.e.: 2016 Best Instrumental Album); a 53-time DOWNBEAT® Music Award Winning performer, engineer, bandleader, and audio engineer (i.e.: Dr. Ruiz is the record holder; categories include Jazz Soloist, Small Jazz Group, Blues/Pop/Rock Soloist, Blues/Pop/Rock Group, Latin Group, Studio Engineered Recording, Live Engineered Recording, & Classical Soloist); AVA Digital® Award Winning (Gold Medal) lead music producer, supervisor of music and audio production, and mastering engineer (i.e.: 2021 Best Music Video). Fast Company's 2022 Top 10 Most Innovative Companies  (category: video) -- Recipient is the company, Hayden5, for which Dr. Ruiz is Resident Media Composer.

Moreover, Dr. Ruiz is a 3-time Global Music® Award Winning album producer, featured artist, mixing engineer, & record label executive (i.e.: 2018 Meditation Album, 2018 Album of the Year, & 2022 Nuevor Flamenco Album); 2022 International Commissioned Composer® for the Guitar Foundation of America International Mentorship Program; 2017 Parents' Choice® Award Winning Gold Medal Album musician and audio engineer (i.e.: 2017 Best Children's Album); 2021 UF Preeminence Term Professor Nominee (16 out of approximately 5000 professors);  a JRME National Doctoral Dissertation Award finalist; 5-time UK Music Industry® Award Winner (i.e.: Best Instrumental Product); 2019 Society of Arts Entrepreneurship Research Impact Award Nominee, 2021 Hillsborough County Commendation (Tampa Bay) recipient for Excellence in Cultural Entrepreneurship; 2021 USF Outstanding Young Alumni® Award Winner (6 of 100k alumni); 2019 Big Easy Entertainment® Award Winning featured flute and saxophone artist, producer, and audio engineer (i.e., Best World Music Album); 2006 Yamaha Young Performing Artist® Award Winner (Flute); 2017 For Bass Players Only® Magazine Featured Artist of November, among other awards and recognitions.

Location: Digital Worlds Institute PICT Auditorium, 2nd Floor  

2022 CAME Conference
March 31, Doors open at 12:00 pm EDT
Programming 12:15-5:00 pm EDT

The Venue



The Center for Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship (CAME) is excited to invite you to participate in its first Conference: African Entrepreneurship, The Arts, and Beyond. Organized by a fantastic group of faculty and administrators, this year’s conference brings UF faculty and other experts from around the world together to connect, present, and discuss their research.   Our conference focuses on engaging scholars, artists, and creative entrepreneurs in conversations that redefine and formulate new knowledge around the paths and forms at the intersection of artistic and creative production, migration, and entrepreneurship. We believe that the comprehensive disciplines and genre-bending work represented in our faculty are foundational to CAME’s mission of building interdisciplinarity across networks. With a continued vision of creating new organizing structures, connecting local and global communities, bridging the gaps between community and academics, we are ultimately delivering on the promise of the arts as a multidimensional tool to craft more equitable futures. The momentum that is building for this event will lead to the committed goal of delivering a peer-reviewed ebook by next academic year. We are creating a space to negotiate and integrate what is next for our fields and the center. We are calling out to you for your attendance and participation in this process, as together we are creating the future. We look forward to seeing you at the Conference!!

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