FIRE historical and cultural arts collaborative http://wmuk.org en Poet Darius Gardner Keeps His Poems Front And Center, No Paper Necessary http://wmuk.org/post/poet-darius-gardner-keeps-his-poems-front-and-center-no-paper-necessary <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tonight, poet Darius Gardner will be performing spoken word in conjunction with the<a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Arts-Cultural-Center/57610443538"> Black Arts Festival</a></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It's one of three performances he's got scheduled this weekend.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>But when we met&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">a week ago</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, he was still deciding what to write and perform. It’s all part of his process.</span></p><p></p><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Erin Williams 16027 at http://wmuk.org Poet Darius Gardner Keeps His Poems Front And Center, No Paper Necessary New Queer Theatre Vows Entertainment First, Social Justice Second http://wmuk.org/post/new-queer-theatre-vows-entertainment-first-social-justice-second <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This past weekend, </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/QTKalamazoo" style="line-height: 1.5;">Queer Theatre Kalamazoo</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> premiered their first show. A ten minute long Star Wars parody followed by the play </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">I Ain’t Afraid of No Xenu.</em></p><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 21:44:52 +0000 Rebecca Thiele 14103 at http://wmuk.org New Queer Theatre Vows Entertainment First, Social Justice Second "Balance" Uses Performing Arts To Bring Awareness To Child Sexual Assault http://wmuk.org/post/balance-uses-performing-arts-bring-awareness-child-sexual-assault <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At </span><a href="http://www.thisisfire.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Fire Historical &amp; Cultural Arts Collaborative</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, three women are taking the negativity of sexual abuse and speaking their truth to power.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:33:58 +0000 Erin Williams 13695 at http://wmuk.org "Balance" Uses Performing Arts To Bring Awareness To Child Sexual Assault Local theatre wants child sexual abuse survivors to tell their stories http://wmuk.org/post/local-theatre-wants-child-sexual-abuse-survivors-tell-their-stories <p><strong>Correction:</strong> An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Laura Sprague's occupation.&nbsp;</p><p>Though it’s thought to be one of the most underreported crimes, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimate about <a href="http://www.apa.org/pi/families/resources/child-sexual-abuse.aspx">1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls</a> will face sexual assault before the age of 18.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Friday night, <a href="http://www.thisisfire.com">FIRE Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative</a> will show a taping of the New York </span>theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> troupe <a href="http://www.pingchong.org">Ping Chong &amp; Company</a>’s production <a href="http://www.pingchong.org/undesirable-elements/production-archive/secret-survivors/"><em>Secret Survivors</em></a>, where survivors of child sexual abuse use </span>theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to talk about their experiences.</span></p><p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 03:05:45 +0000 Rebecca Thiele 3510 at http://wmuk.org Local theatre wants child sexual abuse survivors to tell their stories