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Saturday, October 13 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Arts Activism in America: Igniting Change

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Can the arts change the world? Two of the most celebrated artists-activists of their times—the rising theater star Liza Jessie Peterson and Black Arts movement pioneer Askia Touré—take the stage together in this not-to-be missed session on how the arts can be used to discuss some of the most pressing problems of the day. Peterson will open with a curtain raiser of her one-woman play, The Peculiar Patriot, which takes on the injustices in the justice system. The vibrant dialogue to follow will be led by David Dower of ArtsEmerson, which is taking the lead in the city in producing theatrical work that also serves a social purpose.

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David Dower

David Dower joined ArtsEmerson as director of artistic programs in 2012. He is also co-founder and a contributing editor to HowlRound. Prior, he served as associate artistic director of the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and founded and served as artistic director of The Z Space... Read More →

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Liza Jessie Peterson

Liza Jessie Peterson is the author of All Day: A Year of Love and Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids at Rikers Island. She is a renowned actress, poet, playwright, author, educator and youth advocate who has been steadfast in her commitment to incarcerated populations, both professionally... Read More →
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Askia Touré

Askia Muhammad Abu Bakr el Touré is one of the founding members of the black arts movement of the 1960s and 1970s. As a poet, editor, and activist, Touré helped define a new generation of black consciousness that sought to affirm through the arts the community's African heritage... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
School Committee Room, Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building 2300 Washington St., Dudley Square, Roxbury

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