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Sister Neighborhood Arts Program (SNAP!) and TheatreMorgan present …

Covenants, a theatrical collage about Northwood

An interactive performance and dialogue infused with spoken word, short plays, TicketReservationForm Imagephysical theatre and digital storytelling.

Saturday, April 23rd
2pm and 7pm

Murphy Fine Arts Center, Turpin-Lamb Theatre
2201 Argonne Dr, Baltimore, MD 21218

Tickets are FREE
Donations to Sister Neighborhood Arts Program are welcome.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but all attendees should reserve tickets using THIS RESERVATION FORM. “Pass the hat” DONATIONS will be appreciated to help SNAP! with next steps.

Covenants, a theatrical collage about Northwood is an evening of performance devised by residents in Northwood that investigates the history, contemporary stories and the shared hopes of current residents who live within six neighborhoods that make up Greater Northwood Covenant Association (GNCA). Via an 18 month “citizen artist” workshop series and “creative” civic engagement, Sister Neighborhood Arts Program (SNAP!) has been cultivating fertile ground between and sowing seeds among the “sister” neighborhoods (New Northwood, Original Northwood, Perring-Loch, Stonewood-Pentwood, Ednor Gardens Lakeside, Hillen Road Improvement Association).

The evening will be infused with spoken word performance, short scenes, physical theatre and digital storytelling. The performance will celebrate contemporary “neighborhood voices” while also exploring the legacy of desegregation, community organizing, and racial covenants in Greater Northwood. Covenants, a Theatrical Collage about Northwood will essentially be an interactive performance — breaking the “fourth wall” throughout the evening in order to facilitate dialogue between audience members and performers.

The creation of Covenants is made possible in part by a Rubys artist project grant from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (http://baltimoreculture.org/). Additional funding was provided by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts, Alternate ROOTS and their funders — The Nathan Cummings Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation.


 

More about Covenants and How We Got Here?

Covenants, A Theatrical Collage About Northwood solicited the artistic input of residents of the six neighborhoods that make up the Greater Northwood Covenant Association in Northeast Baltimore.  Via an 18 month “citizen artist” workshop series and “creative” civic engagement, Sister Neighborhood Arts Program (SNAP!) has been cultivating fertile ground between and sowing seeds among the “sister” neighborhoods. The “interactive performance and dialogue” explores the legacy of “block busting,” legal and de facto segregation, and racial covenants, helping to explain current inequalities in housing, health, education and economic opportunity, while also celebrating the personal stories of everyday residents.

 “This project allows for a confluence of civic theatre practices to engage ‘everyday people’ at a time when our city and nation need outlets for dialogue about race, privilege and equity,” says Open Society Institute—Baltimore Community Fellow Brian Francoise who led the 12-month “citizen arts” workshop series with Maurice Williams, a senior theater arts major at Morgan State University.

 Three “staged readings” of 10 minute plays will anchor the performance, including a work about “crossing the line” to integrate a Northwood Shopping Center’s movie house in 1962 and the historic/current practice of “steering” home buyers.

 The performance also features the spoken word performance of an inter-generational group of poets developed through a workshop series with the 2015 Slammageddon Grand Slam Champion and teaching artist Lady Brion who has been commissioned to write and perform a poem herself about growing up in Northwood.

 A short pantomime will capture the rhythms, actions, people and stories emblematic of Northwood.

Lastly, the performance will feature digital stories created by Northwood residents. Via this accessible multi-media form, one man tells the story of becoming the first African-American youth to play in the Northwood Baseball Little League in 1958.