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Project: Transform

About Project: Transform

In this program, developed in collaboration with Hartford Stage and Leadership Greater Hartford, students create and perform a devised piece of theatre under the guidance of artists-in-residence from Hartford Stage. The performance piece will explore the idea of transformation of minds, neighborhoods, and communities. Students view community murals painted by Leadership Greater Hartford and perform their final piece in one of these transformed spaces.

Students also come together to view Hartford Stage's main stage production of Gee's Bend, a story that is set in a community that is physically, racially, and economically isolated, and that celebrates a family of quilters who used their art form to document the struggles for Civil Rights in their community. In the spirit of piece-work that pervades muraling and quilting, participants create their own piece of performance art, a collage of voices representing themselves, their families, neighborhoods, and communities, with the purpose of celebrating cultures and inspiring transformation and change.

Led by a diverse team of artists and staff members, students from different backgrounds, including race, ethnicity, and social class, build positive, meaningful relationships through the collaborative process of writing, creating, and performing. The program concludes in an outdoor public performance open to families, friends, and the entire community.

Grades: 9-12
Participating Districts: Open to all CREC districts.

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