Wilmington 1968: Commissioned Performances
Throughout the series of summer exhibition focused on the Civil Rights Movement, three original performances by local and regional performing artists will respond to the disturbances and subsequent occupation in Wilmington. These interdisciplinary performances and unique collaborations will combine music, visual arts, dance, and storytelling to interpret, give context, and call us to action around the events that shaped our nation and city.
Unbroken Spirit: The 1968 Siege of Wilmington
Sunday, August 19 | 1:00 p.m.
Storyteller, TAHIRA, and music composer, Jea Street, Jr. will amplify the voices of Wilmington residents who lived through the nine-month occupation by the National Guard beginning after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This multi-sensory performance will open and conclude with a community engagement exercise guided by Dr. Caroliese Frink Reed. Come hear the untold story of those impacted by this pivotal time in the history of our city and nation. Lend your voices to the conversation about what has changed and where we go from here. Free.
Uprising: Remembrance, Resistance, Revival
Sunday, September 16 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
UPRISING is a multidisciplinary art production featuring the artwork of Terrance Vann and choreography by Ashley SK Davis. Using modern dance and contemporary art, UPRISING is an artistic expression of the events in Wilmington including the populist revolution and the National Guard occupation of the city. UPRISING reflects upon the actions of the people and the government in 1968 and then flashes forward fifty years to consider the actions of both bodies today and into the future. Free.