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Carefully Taught – A Performance & Discussion about Inclusion & the Arts

Event Details

June 2, 2016 7:30 PM
Location: African American Museum of Iowa
55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Contact Name: Alicia RH Mayberry
Email: amayberry@blackiowa.org
Phone: 319-362-7375
Website: http://cr-opera.org/

Event Description

At this special event singers from CRO’s June production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s culturally progressive musical “South Pacific” will sing selections from the show, followed by a panel discussion on inclusion in the arts with distinguished members of the Eastern Iowa arts community.

This event is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to arrive at 7:00pm to visit the AAMI gallery before the presentation. The evening is sponsored by Wells Fargo & Virginia Michalicek.

The panelists represent a range of artistic disciplines and include:
-Eloy Barragán, University of Iowa Dance Department, Associate Professor
-Bill Fabris, “South Pacific” Stage Director
-John Herbert, CSPS, Executive Director
-Micah Ariel James, Hancher Auditorium, Education Manager; Writer
-Dr. Rachel Williams, University of Iowa Department of Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies

The discussion will be moderated by Krystal Gladden, AAMI Museum Educator.

The hit musical “South Pacific” by Rodgers & Hammerstein, based on the book “Tales of the South Pacific” by James A. Michener, was written to send a strong, progressive message on racism. Its 1949 Broadway premiere experienced immediate success, winning 10 Tony Awards.

The issue of racial prejudice is candidly explored throughout the musical, most controversially in the lieutenant’s song, “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught”.

Tickets to the CRO June 16-19 “South Pacific” production at Brucemore are on sale now at brucemore.org, 319-362-7375 or at the AAMI event.