Richmond’s Lulu Series: Art in the City asks ‘can art end poverty?’
11 Apr 2016
Can art end poverty? Can it influence public transportation, make a greener planet or alleviate hunger? For artists whose work is about collaborating with the community to effect social change, the answer is a resounding yes. Find out how the arts can change the world when Michael Rohd, founder of the Center for Performance and Civic Practice (Evanston, Illinois) presents his talk “The Arts as Civic Practice: Listening is the New Revolution” on Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m., when Richmond’s annual Lulu Series: Art in the City program hosts the second of three free lectures at Richmond City Hall.
As many places have discovered, the arts are a potent tool for impact and collaboration. Mr. Rohd, recipient in 2015 of both the Otto Rene Castillo Award for Political Theatre and the Robert Gard Foundation Award for Excellence, will offer insights into using the assets and experiences of artists to work with community and civic organizations to build healthier communities.
Mr. Rohd has recently developed and led projects with and for Americans for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Steppenwolf Theater and Catholic Charities USA. As the Executive Director of Center for Performance and Civic Practice and founding artistic director of Sojourn Theatre, he devises and directs new work around the USA and is on faculty at Northwestern University where he helps lead the Master of Fine Arts Directing Program. He wrote the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue (15th printing, Heinemann Press, 1998) and is the 2013-2016 Doris Duke Artist-in-Residence at Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago. Among his many current projects, he works with theatres and universities to mount locally specific projects based on Sojourn Theatre’s production, How To End Poverty in 90 Minutes.
This talk will be preceded by a short performance by local indigenous hip hop/spoken word artist, JB the First Lady.
Mr. Rohd’s presentation is the second of three events in the Lulu Series: Art in the City program. The last one will be on Thursday, May 19, when visual artist, Norie Sato, (Seattle, Washington) will describe her creative process developing site-specific works for public places. For more information, visit www.richmond.ca/luluseries.
All Lulu Series: Art in the City events are free and start at 7 p.m. at Richmond City Hall Council Chambers, 6911 No. 3 Road. Seating is limited, so please reserve your seats by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.