Discussion Series

Voices of Conscience: Toward Racial Understanding

A PERFORMANCE AND DISCUSSION EVENT

In addition to our season line-up, we connect artists from the series with local educational, religious and community organizations to create a series of facilitated discussions around specific topics of racial justice present in their own work.

“We so appreciate ‘Voices of Conscience.’ What an important event you brought to our Meeting and the Community this January. … The discussion you led was challenging, yet safe, and helped everyone express differences, concerns, misunderstandings and hope.”

– Lehigh Valley Monthly Meeting

Past Events:

On January 31, 2016, Voices of Conscience: Toward Racial Understanding  presented a performance and discussion event at the Lehigh Valley Friends Meeting at 4116 Bath Pike, Bethlehem, PA 18017.  The event was free and open to the public.

Thank you to everyone who came! Special thanks to guest artists Basement Poetry and Grace Hochella.

Basement Poetry performed a selection of poems from their January 8 event Identify, which focused on themes of racial identity and discrimination.  Each piece was an exploration of how race affects our ability to learn, grow and navigate through life.  Grace Hochella, sponsored by Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre,  performed a segment from her one-person play Spirituals, Stories and Songs, which explores, through music and storytelling, the relationship between past and present.

Conceived by theatre groups Allentown Public Theatre and Crowded Kitchen Players this past year in September, 2015, Voices of Conscience is a year-long, Lehigh Valley-wide arts series designed “to create a climate that encourages the arts community to engage in the production of socially-conscious art.” This year, the focus is racial understanding. “In today’s increasingly divided America,” says Allentown Public Theatre artistic director Anna Russell, “we believe that art can provide the space and the spark to create the kind of dialogue needed to bring communities together.”

So far, the series has included performances by Crowded Kitchen Players, Moravian College, and Lehigh University.  As well as This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement, an exhibit held by the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley.  Allentown Public Theatre’s 7:00pm public reading of Susan Lori-Parks’s Topdog/Underdog at Hava Java Cafe on February 16, and Northampton Community College’s production of Honky in the Lipkin Theatre 7:30pm on February 19 and 20, and at 3:00pm on February 21.

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