A SEAT AT THE TABLE:

Youth Interrupt Discrimination through Performance

Presented by BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange and THE HUMAN ROOT

Featuring original performances by BNS 5th graders and the Epic Theatre Ensemble

INTERRUPTING BIGOTRY

and

BUILDING BLOCKS: COLORFUL MINDS

Saturday, November 11 @ 6:30 pm
at BAX, 421 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn NY 11215 [directions]

Sliding scale from $10-$40

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This program is made possible by the 2017/18 Department of Education’s Office of Arts & Special Projects Arts & Family Engagement Initiative and is a partnership between BNS and Brooklyn Arts Exchange.

Youth of Epic Theatre Ensemble and Brooklyn New School (a longtime BAX school partner) will perform their original plays to inspire transformative community action through forum theater. In collaboration with THE HUMAN ROOT and Brooklyn Arts Exchange, participants will have the opportunity to experience an intentional, humorous and provocative take on “Interrupting Bigotry” and what “Separate but Equal” means today. Performances will be followed by a cast and audience talk back and engaged discussion on what it will take to create more integrated schools and anti-bias communities.

INTERRUPTING BIGOTRY
Under the direction of José Joaquin Garcia, BNS 5th graders have written a short play in the style of Brazilian theatre artist Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed model. This original dramatic script explores experiences of bias and bigotry and engages audiences in ways of interrupting those experiences and empowering individuals. It is a play without ending. The audience will work with actors to come up with alternative endings.

BUILDING BLOCKS: COLORFUL MINDS
This timely student-written play uses theatre, dance, movement, and stand-up comedy to examine how Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are taught in Public Schools and the impact this pedagogy is having on diversity in the STEM workforce.

About BAX
Celebrating over 25 years of non-profit service, Brooklyn Arts Exchange provides a nurturing, year-round, performance, rehearsal and educational venue in Brooklyn that encourages artistic risk-taking and stimulates dialogue among diverse constituencies. Through its youth education department, BAX is a longtime cultural arts partner with the Brooklyn New School. In addition to its dance and theater residency at BNS with Teaching Artists José Joaquin Garcia and Donna Costello, this is the third year of an arts and family engagement partnership through the Office of Arts and Special Projects. The program is designed to empower youth and families to understand and interrupt racial bias and prejudices through the arts. This year BAX is delighted to have also partnered with THE HUMAN ROOT on a number of professional development and community engagement projects, the scope of which can be read about here. For more general information about BAX’s Youth Education programs, please visit youth.bax.org.

About HUMAN ROOT
THE HUMAN ROOT is a professional development, training and consulting company serving schools, non-profit agencies, universities, and corporations. We are dedicated to bridging cultural gaps between people as a means to create, improve and maintain relationships and institutions that honor our individual and collective humanity. We work to move people from empathy to action in order to expand consciousness, accountability, and vision. Our goal is to develop communities that thrive on equity (“everyone gets what they need”). Read more about their work here.

THANK YOU
This program is made possible by the 2017/18 Department of Education’s Office of Arts & Special Projects Arts & Family Engagement Initiative and is a partnership between BNS and Brooklyn Arts Exchange.