We are proud to team up with Spectrum Dance Theater and announce a week of community conversation. You're invited to participate in these important public workshops, inspiring demonstrations, and engage in discussions designed to provoke meaningful dialogue about race and diversity in our community.
The week also includes a performance at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center featuring Spectrum Dance Theater performing Rambunctious 2.0, a work that uses the music of African-American composers to explore American tradition through movement.
Kick Off Event
Monday, Feb. 6, 8 p.m. Lawrence Memorial Chapel
Enjoy a presentation by Spectrum Dance Theater artistic director Donald Byrd to learn how the arts can help us engage in difficult conversations about race. This event is free and open to the public.
Can We Talk
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 5 p.m. Fox Cities P.A.C. Kimberly-Clark Theater
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 12 p.m., Fox Cities P.A.C. Kimberly-Clark Theater
Partake in a community conversation about race after watching a dance demonstration meant to provoke meaningful dialogue. This event is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 5 p.m., Fox Cities P.A.C. Kimberly-Clark Theater
Participate in a beginner's dance workshop with members of Spectrum Dance Theater and learn about dance as an art form and a voice for social topics. This event is free and open to the public but space is limited. Please register at foxcitiespac.com.
Spectrum Dance Theater preshow presentation and performance
Friday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m., Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
Explore American tradition through ambitious, artistic movement and inspirational compositions from African-American composers T.J. Anderson, Wynton Marsalis and Pamela Z. Founded in 1982, Spectrum Dance Theater has become the preeminent modern dance company of the Pacific Northwest. The company believes in bringing dance to a diverse audience of people from different social, cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds.
Ticket holders can enjoy a preshow presentation by artistic director Donald Byrd to learn more about what they will experience at the performance beginning at 6:45 p.m. Doors open to the Kimberly-Clark Theater at 6:30 p.m.
Art of Conversation
Saturday, Feb. 11, 12 p.m. The Trout Museum of Art
Jason Adrians, editor/news director at The Post-Crescent will be conducting a panel discussion with featured voices Donald Byrd, artistic director of Spectrum Dance Theater, Maria Van Laanen, president of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center and Kimberly Barrett, Ph.D., vice president for diversity and inclusion and associate dean of the faculty at Lawrence University. The group will discuss how the arts can play a role in creating conversation about social issues such as race. This event is free and open to the public.
The public performance of Spectrum Dance Theater is part of the Boldt Arts Alive! Series which is supported by the title sponsor, The Boldt Company. All Community First Community Engagement Series activities are sponsored by Community First Credit Union. The Spectrum Dance Theater residency is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Crane Group. This residency is also supported by a Community Education Grant from the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc. Partial support for the Spectrum Dance Theater residency provided by a grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation. Mission-based programming is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.