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5.23.17

Creative City Grantee Events: June 2017

Kim Szeto
Program Manager, Creative City
NEFA

Spring has sprung in Boston and several Creative City grantees will be presenting their projects to the public over the coming months.  Here are the details if you’d like to check them out:
 

Immigration Nation | Nora Valdez

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Nora Valdez, by Faizal Westcott.

Immigration Nation is a community art project created in collaboration with community members and artists. The project uses suitcases as a vehicle to tell the story of individual immigrant journeys. Each suitcase will be transformed into a work of art that celebrates individual stories and represents a collective American experience. In partnership with the Urbano Project and Egleston Square Main Street, over 400 suitcases will be produced and exhibited in Egleston Square.

May 24, 2017 | Opening Reception | 6:00-8:00 PM
Urbano Project | 29 Germania St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

June 17, 2017 | Exhibition during Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation’s Bash at the Brewery | 12:00-3:00 PM
Urbano Project | 29 Germania St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

For more information about Immigration Nation check out: www.facebook.com/NoraValdezImmigrationNation


Humanity Not Statistics: Leadership Through Theatre | Molly Gilbert & Zahra A. Belyea

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Molly Gilbert and Zahra Belyea, by Jeffrey Filiault/NEFA

In this project, Molly Gilbert and Zahra A. Belyea will facilitate a series of workshops with young women from five BPS high schools and local community activists and elders who have previously worked with Dr. Mary Driscoll and On With Living and Learning. These workshops will focus on leadership skills, playwriting, voice work, and ensemble building and will culminate in a theatrical production based on the experiences of the participants. This project strives to continue to add the female voice to the body of art produced by youth and community members in response to the impact that the multi-dimensional face of violence has had on them and on their communities.

June 10, 2017 | Gala and Performance | 7:00-10:00 PM
Putnam Chapel of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry | 10 Putnam Street Roxbury, MA 02119

For more information about Humanity Not Statistics check out: www.onwithlivingandlearning.org/humanity-not-statistics-ii  


The Table/La Mesa: The Welcome Project | Melissa Nussbaum Freeman

The Table/La Mesa: The Welcome Project is a multi-faceted performative social engagement that invites community members to take a literal seat at a table – to share tea, a treat, and their own story related to being welcomed. The community ensemble Red Sage Stories, directed by Melissa Nussbaum Freeman, will then devise 30-45 min performances about being welcomed to be performed at these Table sites and at the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative’s annual meeting. At a time when racist and xenophobic acts are headlines, The Table/La Mesa offers an inclusive experience of being heartily welcomed in unlikely places. 

June 15, 2017 | Performance | 6:00 PM
Dudley Café | 15 Warren St, Roxbury, MA 02119

June 19, 2017 | Performance | 6:00 PM
The Strand Theater | 543 Columbia Rd, Boston, MA 02125

June 24, 2017 | Performance | 11:00 AM -12:30 PM
Nightingale Community Garden | 512 Park St, Dorchester, MA 02124

June 28, 2017 | Performance at the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative Annual Meeting | 5:30 PM
St. Patrick's Church | 10 Magazine St, Roxbury, MA 02119

For more information about The Table/La Mesa check out: www.facebook.com/socialchangetheatre


ifÉ​ franklin's Indigo Project | Ifé Franklin

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Ifé Franklin, by Sadada Jackson

Ifé Franklin's Indigo Project honors the lives and history of formerly enslaved Africans/African-Americans in the American South and the African Diaspora who labored in the harshest conditions to produce materials that generated the wealth of nations. Ifé Franklin's Indigo Project provides historical, artistic, and cultural components that speak to the lives of those that endured plantation existence. The project involves many genres of art-making, including the creation of life-sized structures resembling slave cabins that are produced with community involvement using adire fabric dying techniques from the Yoruba culture of West Africa.

June 3, 2017 | Adire Fabric Dying Workshop | 1:00-4:00 PM
Putnam Chapel of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry | 10 Putnam Street Roxbury, MA 02119

June 24, 2017 | Adire Fabric Dying Workshop | 1:00-4:00 PM
Putnam Chapel of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry | 10 Putnam Street Roxbury, MA 02119

For more information about Indigo Project check out: www.ifearts.com