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Race and Equity

In preparation for the opening of Born For This, the incredible true story of gospel legend BeBe Winans, we’ve teamed up again with Justin Springer’s Outside the Box Agency. Through our conversations about Born For This, we’ve discovered what people in the Boston community believe is their purpose. A few of these remarkable people have lent their voices to share their excitement about the musical, their passions and what they were born for. Steve Kid…

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For the second year in a row, ArtsEmerson has brought back the Mr. Joy Neighborhood Tour, this time traveling to locations in Charlestown, Scituate, Roxbury, and Allston. This one-woman show made its debut performance during our 2015-2016 season and received so much critical acclaim and audience praise that ArtsEmerson was eager to reintroduce the show in the form of a neighborhood tour. We looked at different responses to the Mr. Joy Tour to explore why…

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  Renée Graham’s “White Fear is an American Problem” ran APRIL 16, 2018 in The Boston Globe   This article by Renee Graham in the Boston Globe last week shook me, hard: it explained, in direct and clear terms, something that I have intuitively felt in my own journey with ArtsEmerson’s vision but have struggled to articulate. As Artistic Director, a large part of my job is to help express the ArtsEmerson vision through the public…

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  Close followers of ArtsEmerson know the story of our commitment to fostering civic transformation through shared experience of art and dialogue. The easiest way to see that mission in action has been through the work on our stages and in the conversations we’ve both hosted and produced. For instance, take the recent world premiere of Claudia Rankine’s The White Card, which was surrounded by Citizen Read, Citizen Speak, and facilitated “Act II” conversations following…

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Earlier this year, The Boston Globe published an op-ed piece written by ArtsEmerson’s Executive Director David Howse and Artistic Director David Dower in response to the paper’s Spotlight series on race in the city. The Globe boldly titled the series, “BOSTON. RACE. IMAGE. REALITY.”, and used it to explore both the perception and the reality underlying Boston’s reputation as a racist city by investigating various sectors of civic life here.  While we were pleased to…

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