"Arts, Identities and Social Justice" expressed through performances Nov. 6

In a collaboration between members of the New London community and Connecticut College, local young artists will join students, a professor and student groups to express social justice through the arts on Nov. 6 from 6-9 p.m. in the 1962 Room, College Center at Crozier-Williams.

The idea for the event originated with the Connecticut College student organization SOAR (Students Organized Against Racism), and is a collaboration with the Student Government Association’s Student Activities Council and Unity House, the College’s multicultural center.

Admission is free and open to the public and includes a catered dinner of Sicilian, Spanish and Caribbean dishes donated by Connecticut College student organizations Spectrum, La Unidad and Queer People of Color. Members of the community may contact gdarosa@conncoll.edu to reserve a place.

Performances will include a folklorico piece by MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán); songs by the “Miss Conduct” a cappella group; poetry, hip hop dance, rap, and artwork by students; and a reading of James Baldwin’s essay “The Artist’s Struggle for Integrity" by faculty adviser and professor of French and Africana Studies Nathalie Etoke. Ten young people from Writers’ Block Ink, a New London organization that provides classes in performing arts and helps youth to create original productions addressing social issues, will perform a skit.

“Our hope for this event,” explains SOAR member and event spokesperson Georbina DaRosa '17, “is to gather the Connecticut College and New London Community in a night of the arts. We want people to be aware that the arts is a powerful tool, a healing mechanism, a political act, and a conscious effort to facilitate and participate in social change. If we want change, love and respect among us and others, we must actively promote it through our own art.”

November 3, 2015