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Dedicates this Website for:

"A Tribute to Dr. Nina Simone"
Nina: No Illusions, No Escape.....

                    A Musical Tribute
Lisa “Simone” Kelly, Nina’s only child, will present an emotionally charged, energy filled tribute to her mother. With a rich heritage to draw from, a wealth of accomplishments and accolades as a Broadway star and live performer and a finely-developed sense of her own unique artistry, Simone has established herself as a successful recording artist of the first order.  She’s off to a wonderful start with Simone On Simone, an album that honors her mother’s musical contribution while beginning a new chapter in her own musical journey. This tribute will be one of the most compelling and personal elements of this project.  To find out more go to: www.simonesworld.com  

Live Theater
Blue Bistro Theater is developing a short theatrical presentation for this event. The one-woman short play will center on moments that defined the legendary singer. Opera Singer, Model and Actress: Arveyiel Fortilla will grace the stage as the High Priestess of Soul.

Expressionistic Dance
A collaborative of dancers from Metro Atlanta is developing a special dance inspired by Nina Simone songs.

Spoken Word
We have secured the commitments of two spoken word artists who happen to be great fans of Dr. Simone’s work. Amyr Heard will present an original work from a woman’s point of view while “Substance” (Stanley Singleton) will offer a rhythmic dissertation from the perspective of men. 

Local designer, Summer Sheree Jeter, presents the ‘Looks of Nina’ fashion exhibit. The exhibit takes elements of Nina's style from the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s and presents these looks through an inspired collection of six modern dresses.

A Silent Auction
The Nina Simone Foundation (NSF) is a non-profit organization established by, Lisa Simone Kelly, for the preservation and celebration of the music, socio-political contributions and overall legacy of the late Dr. Nina Simone. We will hold an auction during this series of events to benefit the Foundation. 





Welcome to the Gio'Vairs Galleries of Art!
We are a community based arts collective that encourages self-expression through visual art, dance, music, theater and culinary arts. We believe that art is an essential part of any thriving community. We believe that arts lift the spirit and raise the collective consciousness of the citizens.

We collaborate with artists,artistic organizations and a variety of cities throughout the world in an effort to facilitate mutual support, recognition, and the exchanging of ideas. We work to encourage a thriving community of artists and appreciation of arts. 

Gio'Vairs Galleries of Art is honored to be a part of 
"The Nina Simone Legacy Project"
and dedicates our website to Dr. Nina Simone.

Nina: No Ilusions, No Esacpe
The Nina Simone Foundation prepares for inaugural touring exhibition.

The Nina Simone Foundation has created a special touring arts experience title:
 Nina; No Illusions, No Escape - - A Tribute to
Dr. Nina Simone, High Priestess of Soul

The series of events will included elements of live theater, visual art, spoken word, dance, fashion, and of course music. There will also be a special exhibition of items from Dr. Simone’s personal life, a fund-raising gala and a speaker’s forum.

The inaugural series of events was held in Atlanta, GA 2010. As we move forward we plan to take this arts experience to various cities throughout the United States as well as select cities in other parts of the world. 

Our unique tribute is designed to re-present the life and legacy of Dr. Nina Simone to those who knew her and introduce her to the next generation. To support in reaching our goal, we have incorporated the talents of some of the region’s most gifted visual and performing artists. 

Why are we doing this?

Growing up in Tryon, North Carolina Eunice Kathleen Waymon showed a great talent for music. When she was six years old a local benefactor paid for her first piano lessons. Throughout her formative years the local community set up a fund so that she could continue her music education. Because of their generosity the world was able to benefit from the great talent that we know as Nina Simone; the High Priestess of Soul.

 The Nina Simone Foundation has been set up to continue this tradition. We hope to identify young creative talents throughout the United States and abroad and support their development much in the same spirit that Nina was supported as a child.

Once I understood Bach's music, I wanted to be a concert pianist. Bach made me dedicate my life to music and it was that teacher who introduced me to his world. - - Dr.Nina Simone





 How Can you Help?

We would like to extend an opportunity for you to be a part of the legacy of Dr. Nina Simone and ask for your support of this project. May we suggest you supporting in the following manner(s): 

·         Tax deductible cash donation – The Nina Simone Foundation is a non-profit organization.

A Special Thanks to Anthony Page
For thinking of me and giving me the
opportunity to be a part of history.

Anthony Page
Chair of the Executive Committee
Nina; No Illusions, No Escape
A Tribute to Dr. Nina Simone
High Priestess of Soul








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