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EXHIBITION OPENING -- Stages of Freedom: Black Performing Arts in Rhode Island

Monday, October 19, 2015

5:00 PM-6:00 PM

Cost: Free

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Providence Journal Rhode Island Room (1st Floor)

Mon, 2015-10-19 17:00 - 18:00

EXHIBITION OPENING

Stages of Freedom: Black Performing Arts in Rhode Island

“Stages of Freedom: Black Performing Arts in Rhode Island” will explore the contributions Black artists have made to the performing arts, specifically on stage and screen, in Rhode Island. The project will help us look at performing arts as a tradition of dynamic cultural, ritual and identity exercises that tell important stories about the Black past and inform the present. While Blacks have used acting, dance, and storytelling to entertain, the act of forgetting, they’ve also used it in equal measure to build community, to be seen and heard, and to pass story and identity on to others. By extension, this project will collectively honor the RI makers of performance art, and “pass it on.”

 Acting Black: Black Performing Arts in RI since the 1700s will display never before seen photographs, costumes & memorabilia related to Black theatre, dance and music.

Opening Events

Teens engaged in the arts, including those from Jazz is a Rainbow and Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts, will serve as docents and greeters, and several will perform jazz standards and folk music during the opening.

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