Posted on September 9, 2010 by Marcos A. Marrero
Rumors of a New Day, playing on September 13, 2010
Social change requires passion, creativity and dedication. It should then be no surprise that the arts often play a pivotal role in transforming neighborhoods or whole cities around. For example, Cleveland has recently invested in its Gordon Square Arts District as a path to economic development. Richard Florida, Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and Professor at the University of Toronto has even highlighted artists as part of the “creative class” of people who are essential to the future economy.
But ticket sales are not the sole source of the art’s impact on cities, it’s also its ability to provoke the emotion, inspiration, intuition and vision that can transform whole communities. In the words of Hashima Moja, Musical Director of Teatro V!da:
[art has the] ability to open up the hearts and souls of people and allow us to look inside ourselves and feel, so that we can create a truly rounded and whole society full of emotional intelligence and not just intellect and power.
In that context, Teatro V!da will be presenting “Rumors of a New Day”, a play that invites the audience to believe in themselves and leave their own “bubble”. The show promises to be a joyous celebration of Springfield and the Arts, don’t miss it!
To purchase tickets, contact the City Stage box office.
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Posted on June 15, 2010 by Marcos A. Marrero
High energy turn-out for the MOCHA initiative launch on June 11, 2010.
On Friday, June 11th the Men of Color Health Awareness (MOCHA) launched their campaign to reduce the health risks that afflict Springfield’s men of color. Chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and asthma disproportionally affect the City’s communities of color and has significantly reduced the life expectancy of men in those communities. The initiative will rely heavily on community participation and developing the mentoring relationships that will educate peers in methods of waging a healthier lifestyle.
See The Springfield Institute’s coverage of the event, plus interviews with James Morton and Jeff Markham in the video below:
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Posted on April 20, 2010 by Aron Goldman
On Sunday, members of the the Teatro V!da Youth Ensemble asked Governor Patrick:
“How can we as young people be assured that our voices will be included in ongoing public dialogue regarding daily struggles we face with bullying at schools amd the lack of teacher support in relation to bullying?”
Governor Patrick made three points in response:
- He is eager to sign the anti-bullying bill as soon as it reaches his desk.
- “It’s time for adults to start acting like adults.” (i.e., take responsibility for all children)
- There is a Youth Council (consisting of youth) that reports directly to him about their priorities, and he’d like this group to be a part of that.
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