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David Dower

  ArtsEmerson’s Audience Development Manager Akiba Abaka was in a taxi over a decade ago when she had a revelation about the theatre. The driver asked her if she had read the most recent Oprah Winfrey book-club selection. She was not used to receiving book recommendations from strangers, but Oprah had somehow cracked the code, sending over fifty books straight to the best-seller list and inspiring people of all backgrounds to be mavens for the…

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Next week we will open a new musical, Born For This, in the Cutler Majestic Theatre. In many ways, ArtsEmerson was literally born for this moment. This new musical totally animates ArtsEmerson’s vision of a thriving world, fueled on empathy and ignited by art. At the same time, it’s strong evidence of our commitment to supporting the work of the world’s great voices, uplifting the richness of our cultural diversity in Boston, and activating our venues in the…

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    A few years ago I was invited to serve on a panel for a major foundation. To begin the meeting, the facilitator asked the dozen of us at the table to write down the name of a performance we’d seen in the past five years that had reached us in the moment and stayed with us over time. We were a diverse group of arts professionals from all over the country, we came…

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May has been an incredibly exciting month for us at ArtsEmerson. Just last week we welcomed StepAfrika! back to our stages for their exhilarating show, The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence, we saw Mr. Joy embark on its second neighborhood tour, and we have been eagerly preparing for the arrivals of Cold Blood and I Dream: Boston, both happening at the end of this month. We are also incredibly excited to announce our 2018/2019 Season….

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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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