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May 7 - Join Us In Honoring Wylene Branton Wood

May 7 - Join Us In Honoring Wylene Branton Wood

Wylene Branton Wood and Dr. Cliff L. Wood

DATE: May 3, 2017
CONTACT: Maralin Roffino

May 7 – Reception and Performance to Honor Wylene Branton Wood
free and open to the public

Ramapo- Please join us on Sunday, May 7, for a special performance and reception event (3-5pm) at RCC’s Cultural Arts Theater to honor and thank Wylene Branton Wood. As a lifelong educator with a great tradition of community service, Wylene Wood has devoted extraordinary efforts to serving our greater Rockland County community since moving here 13 years ago with her husband, Dr. Cliff L. Wood, when he assumed the role of president of Rockland Community College. All are welcome to share this retrospective celebration to recognize her contributions to our community and the College, as the couple now move towards Dr. Wood’s June retirement and their home in Vermont.

The Gift of Wylene Branton Wood: An Unforgettable Journey
Sunday, May 7, from 3 - 5 pm
Cultural Arts Center
145 College Road, Suffern NY 10901
Refreshments will be served

In addition to the many educational/cultural performances events she wrote, produced or otherwise arranged for the people of Rockland County, her service to this community includes participation and leadership in the African American Historical Society of Rockland, VCS, Inc. (Volunteer Counseling Service), Summit Park Hospital and Nursing Center, the Spring Valley and Nyack NAACP organizations, the CEJJES Institute, and United Hospice of Rockland, among many others.  

Some of the unique projects she brought to fruition include restoration and bringing the Freedom Schooner Amistad to Rockland, the Toni Morrison: Bench By the Road project in Nyack, and bringing the Smithsonian’s exhibit, IndiVisible to Rockland Community College and the greater community. IndiVisible illuminates the complex relationship and history of African-American and Native-American lives in the Americas.

Schoolchildren throughout the County have been inspired by the creative educational and musical events she arranged each year during African American History Month, with local schoolchildren invited to the morning performance at RCC’s Cultural Arts Theater and evening performances open to the public. Many of these multi-media events included archival documents along with music, dance and dramatic performances by the College’s Performing Arts students as well as professional artists. This year’s event, A Faithful Journey: The American Negro Spiritual brought the internationally acclaimed Opera Noire to RCC for their first ever Rockland County performance. Previous events include:
2010 - A Mighty River: Contributions of the People of the African Diaspora to the Economic Development Along the Lower Hudson River

2012 - Changemakers: Songs & Images of the Civil Rights Movement
2013 -  The Vote in America: Struggle, Challenge & Change
2014 - A Glimpse of the Harlem Renaissance   
2015 - I, Too, Sing America: Contributions & Challenges of African Americans in the US Military