FIRE historical and cultural arts collaborative

Arts & More
5:00 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Poet Darius Gardner Keeps His Poems Front And Center, No Paper Necessary

Gardner has been interested in performing since he was in middle school. What he strives for most is relatability, which he calls his "bread and butter."
Credit Erin Williams

Tonight, poet Darius Gardner will be performing spoken word in conjunction with the Black Arts Festival. It's one of three performances he's got scheduled this weekend. 

But when we met a week ago, he was still deciding what to write and perform. It’s all part of his process.

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Theatre
5:44 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

New Queer Theatre Vows Entertainment First, Social Justice Second

The cast of 'I Ain't Afraid of No Xenu'
Credit Laura Henderson

This past weekend, Queer Theatre Kalamazoo premiered their first show. A ten minute long Star Wars parody followed by the play I Ain’t Afraid of No Xenu.

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Arts & More
3:33 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

"Balance" Uses Performing Arts To Bring Awareness To Child Sexual Assault

Denise Miller reading her poem "Speak Easy" at Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative.
Credit Rebecca Thiele / WMUK

At Fire Historical & Cultural Arts Collaborative, three women are taking the negativity of sexual abuse and speaking their truth to power. 

Denise Miller, co-founder of Fire Historical & Cultural Arts Collaborative, along with Melissa Dey Hasbrook and Laura Sprague will be presenting "Balance," two nights of performing arts focused on moving forward after surviving child sexual assault.

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Theatre
11:05 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Local theatre wants child sexual abuse survivors to tell their stories

Denise Miller reading one of her poems at FIRE Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Laura Sprague's occupation. 

Though it’s thought to be one of the most underreported crimes, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimate about 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls will face sexual assault before the age of 18. On Friday night, FIRE Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative will show a taping of the New York theatre troupe Ping Chong & Company’s production Secret Survivors, where survivors of child sexual abuse use theatre to talk about their experiences.

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