The following programs are part of The Z's Artsbridge initiative which thematically links mainstage and Schooltime performances, community events and cross-sector partnerships.
ArtsBridge is one of The Z’s audience development strategies to strengthen and connect our three programming pillars: performance, education and community. ArtsBridge uses a theme to link our programs with cross-sector collaborations and community partnerships. By doing so, The Z engages our community with the arts in a deeper way than any of our programming pillars can do alone. ArtsBridge addresses two of our key organizational goals: to present a broad range of the highest caliber national and international performing artists and programs that speak to the diversity, needs and interests of our community; and to encourage and enrich young people and the community’s participation, experience and understanding of the world, the arts and creativity. While each of our programming pillars individually has an impact, when we build bridges between them, The Z and the arts can galvanize the community in common purpose.
Components of ArtsBridge typically include Mainstage and SchoolTime performance(s), cross-sector partnerships, post-performance talk backs, exhibits, our Page to Stage book club, and artist-led masterclasses, lec/dems or workshops.
This multi-disciplinary performance and discussion series will highlight the veteran experience, communicate to civilians what it means to serve our country in war, instill a sense of empathy and appreciation throughout our community and provide pathways for both healing and understanding. Through the power of the performing arts, we can both convey the veteran experience to an audience of civilians as well as demonstrate how the arts can help heal trauma for an audience of veterans.
Common themes throughout the project include the redemptive power of storytelling, and a reflection on issues affecting our military veterans, specifically including physical injury, emotional trauma, and moral injury.
THIS PROJECT IS FUNDED
IN PART BY:
JESSICA LANG DANCE – Pre-Show Discussion
Saturday, February 10, 6:30 p.m.
Free to all
Location: Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, Member Lounge
Dr. Robert Meagher and choreographer Jessica Lang lead a discussion using the arts as both a cathartic representation of trauma of was, and a healing tool for veterans.
JESSICA LANG DANCE – performance
Saturday, February 10, 8:00 p.m.
Free for active service members and veterans with code: THANKS
Hailed by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, Jessica Lang Dance performance showcases the piece “Thousand Yard Stare” called “a remarkable evocation, minimal yet profound, of soldiers in formation and at war. Moving and masterful” by The Chicago Tribune.
The Things They Carried, a one-man theatrical production based on the popular novel, preceded by a book discussion moderated by Dr. Meagher focusing on the unique experience of Vietnam veterans. > learn more
FRIDAY, APRIL 13 AT 9:30AM
SchoolTime performance of
The Things they Carried for area
High School students. > learn more
A screening of Almost Sunrise, a documentary about the devastating effects of moral injury on veterans, followed by a panel discussion featuring Dr. Meagher as well as the producer and subject of the film. > learn more
Dear Veteran, a public art project bridging the voices of our civilian and veteran community. Audience members will contribute throughout the scope of the Veterans project.
Drumming Through Trauma, a FREE drumming workshop that offers participants a physical and emotional outlet as well as space for stress reduction, self-expression and community building. The workshop is for veterans or anyone who has experienced trauma. > Register here
City of New Bedford Veterans’ Services
Disabled American Veterans
Erik Durant, Sculptor
Greater New Bedford Marine Corp League
Inter-Church Council of Greater New Bedford
MA Dept of Veterans’ Services
Pilgrim United Church
Southcoast Media Group
Veterans Transition House
Vietnam Veterans of America
Rich in cultural history, New Bedford is home to an abundant array of racial and ethnic groups. Through this Artsbridge project, we aim to use the performing arts to highlight and celebrate these cultures, tell the immigrant story and humanize the immigrant debate to the community at large.
IN PART BY:
La Causa SchoolTime performance, a one-woman theatrical production based on the 1960’s Latin American farm worker’s civil rights movement. Performance includes post-show discussion. > learn more
Birdman Live! A film screening of the celebrated movie with live accompaniment by renowned jazz drummer and Mexican Immigrant, Antonio Sanchez. > learn more
Viva Portugal! An annual, day-long street festival that lauds the culture and heritage of so many in our community. Four downtown New Bedford blocks will be filled with people from all walks of life enjoying the tastes, sights and sounds of Portuguese culture, including lectures on the contributions of Portuguese-Americans, readings, live music, cooking demos,folkloric dance and more! > learn more
Ana Moura! The voice of this fadista strolls freely through the Portuguese tradition, flirting elegantly with pop and broadening the soul-bearing genre to stunning mainstage performance.
> learn more
Along the Way The Immigrant Experience
A Storytelling Workshop
Tell us your story! In this 3-hour workshop, we will explore, develop and share our life experiences and ‘stories along the way’ based on the theme of Immigration. Help bring your personal memories or family history to life through interactive games, activities and collaborative discussion in a safe and inviting environment.
Participants should bring a favorite memory or photograph, either a hard copy or on a device. Together, we’ll make a delicious story stew. Let’s find out how much we have in common!
Haitian Dance and Discussion Workshop
Cost: Pay what you can!*
Join us for a dance and discussion workshop featuring Jean Appolon, co-founder and Artistic Director of Jean Appolon Expressions dance company. The workshop will include a 30-minute master class in Haitian folkloric dance and will conclude with a conversation on the immigrant experience and one’s sense of home and belonging. Appolon will share his personal story of immigration from Haiti, while encouraging others to do the same. All ages, no experience necessary.
*Register for free online, and pay whatever you choose on the day of the workshop.
Through a Portagee Gate, a full-length play that dramatizes the immigrant experience framed by a dynamic father/son relationship. This performance is followed by an intimate discussion with local immigrants who share their personal stories and experiences. > learn more
Community Economic Development Center, New Bedford
Consulate of Portugal
Immigrant’s Assistance Center
Museum of Madeiran Heritage