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Garrett McQueen speaking about social change through arts activism

Garrett McQueen will give a free public talk on March 22 at 7:00 at the South Dakota Art Museum: Agitato: Framing Social Change Through Arts Activism.

Garrett McQueen | Agitato: Framing Social Change Through Arts Activism

Garrett McQueen is a bassoonist who has performed with numerous symphonies across the nation. His musical career has also included solo recitals and chamber music performances across the country, master classes, guest instruction, and adjudication.

Giving voice and offering space to music by Black and other marginalized composers drives his passion for the art form, and continues to be his primary interest as a performer.

In addition to remaining active in performance spaces, Garrett is the host and producer behind a number of nationally-syndicated radio programs, including "The Sound of 13" and "The Sounds of Kwanzaa", and continues to work as a guest radio host in a number of American markets. Away from the airwaves, Garrett specializes in music and racial equity presentations, with previous collaborators including the Gateways Music Festival, the Sphinx Organization, the Kennedy Center, the Apollo Theater, the San Francisco Symphony, and countless schools, colleges, and universities.

In addition to working as a performer, the Executive Producer and co-host of the TRILLOQUY podcast and President of TrillWerks Media, Garrett works as an equity consultant, guest speaker, curator, and presenter at the intersections of race, contemporary culture, and "classical" music. He serves on the board of the American Composers Forum as the Equity Committee Chair, and maintains leadership/advisory positions with the Black Opera Alliance, the Gateways Music Festival, and the Lakes Area Music Festival.

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This talk is co-sponsored by the Brookings Arts Council and the South Dakota Art Museum. Please contact the Brookings Arts Council for questions at 605-692-4177 or No tickets are needed to attend.