WE ARE: Performance and Discussion about Cultural Diversity

WE ARE: Performance and Discussion about Cultural Diversityis a multidisciplinary project developed by TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater to bring artists of varying cultural backgrounds to Wright Middle School, Wednesday, January 24, 1:30 PM, Whitehorse Middle School, Thursday, January 25, 1:00 PM, and Memorial High School, Tuesday, January 30, time TBA. Through performances and facilitated group discussions, students join artists in exploring how race, age, ethnicity, and gender affect the way we construct identity.

Coordinated by Donna Peckett, each performance features original poetry by Madison’s former poet laureate, Fabu, placing the African American experience in a poetic, personal, and historical context; solo acoustic guitar, vocals and story telling by Sergio Nute Fornes, musician and educator, sharing his experiences as a Latino-American musician and educator; tap dance and monologue by Donna Peckett, choreographer, actor, teaching artist, and producing artistic director of TAPIT/new works, delving into her journey as a Jewish, American woman artist and educator.

This project offers young people a live experience with the arts, as well as an opportunity to see how the arts make it possible for them to understand and empathize with others’ stories and examine the possibilities of sharing their own stories.

WE ARE: Performance and Discussion about Cultural Diversity, originated at Edgewood College in the fall of 2016 as part of the college’s efforts to promote campus and community wide conversations about diversity and inclusion.

For more information about this opportunity for middle and high schools in greater Dane County, please contact Donna Peckett, www.tapitnewworks.org


Funding for the project is provided by Dane Arts, with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, The Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation; the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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