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October 9, 2020 7:00PM - October 30, 2020 7:00PM
Just Arts
Just Arts

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October 16, 2020 7:00PM


Olney Theatre


Just Arts: “Participation” curated by Kevin McAllister

LIVE and streaming after on our blog
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Four DMV-area arts leaders will co-curate and assemble a 4-week series of free streaming programs celebrating BIPOC artists and the tradition of social protest, presented by Olney Theatre Center.Kicking off on Friday, October 9, and running through October 30, each installment will highlight a different pillar of social justice:  “Accessibility,” “Rights,” “Equity,” and “Participation.”

October 16 - Participation
Curated by Kevin McAllister

An exploration of key U.S. laws such as the Three-Fifths Compromise, the 19th Amendment, the Homeland Security Act of 2002, and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, that have affected how people participate in our democracy. Join us for a conversation with Know Your Rights Camp, founded by Colin Kaepernick, whose mission is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities. 

Special appearances by Marty Austin Lamar, Rayanne Gonzales, Chris Mueller, Katie Espinoza, and Martin Beck. 

  • “Oh Glory/How Come Me Here”
    Explicit Dance Works performs to this powerful music sung by Anika Samson Anderson. Featuring: Imani Lee, Amaya Weston, Nakia Abram, Heinz Adjakwah
    Choreography and Editing by Shalyce Hemby
  • “What to the Slave is The Fourth of July?”
    Spoken word performance by Gary Kayi-Fletcher of Frederick Douglass’s speech given in 1852 in Rochester, NY, to the Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society. 
  • “What Would You Do?"
    Music by Mark G. Meadows

    A musical response to police violence. Recorded live at The Hamilton. Featuring: Deacon Izzy, Brent Birckhead, CV Dashiell, Eliot Seppa
  • “Hey White Girl”
    Tuyet Pham and Kelly King create an inspiring and original spoken word and movement piece about American Feminism and its lack of intersectionality.  
  • “I Am Changing” from Dreamgirls
    Nova Y. Payton performs this power ballad from the award-winning Broadway musical Dreamgirls.
  • “Ipseity,” Dance Performance
    Dancer/choreographer Cristina Camacho returns to Olney Theatre Center to reprise her incredible original piece about identity, belonging, and crossing borders by fusing modern dance with hip-hop. Featuring: Cristina Camacho, Angad Kalsi, Cameron Bennett, Kiara Hill, Oliver Sangster, Vesela Kostadinova
    With Music by Francisco Camacho
  • “This Land Is Your Land”
    This classic American folk song has new meaning when it’s sung by Vishal Vaidya.
  • “Let America Be America Again”
    Spoken word performance of Langston Hughes’s poem featuring students from The Barrie School.  
  • “Lift Every Voice and Sing”
    Howard University’s award-winning Afro Blue presents their arrangement of the black national anthem. 
  • “I’ll Stand By You” Finale
    Special performance of this powerful song by various local DMV artists including: Katie Mariko Murray, Awa Sal Secka, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Melissa Victor, Shayla Lowe, Sarah Corey, Karen Vincent 
    Musical arrangement by Kevin McAllister

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