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Arts into Action

Presented by the Presence Center for Applied Theatre Arts, Verbs and Vibes, University and Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE), and BamaWorks

Date:        January 21, 2013

Time:        6:00 PM

Location:  Random Row Books, 315 West Main St.


Presence Center for Applied Theatre Arts and Verbs and Vibes Open Mic will host a gathering in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at Random Row Books at 315 W. Main St., Charlottesville.  The event will include drama, poetry, music and film as inspiration for dialogue on the relevance of King's principles of nonviolence for today's society, and how creativity can be used to cultivate a more just and compassionate world.

All are welcome to this free event, which brings together people from different walks of life to heal divisions and foster ongoing creative engagement.

The formal program will begin at 7:00 p.m. You may join us from 6:00 for the reception-- an informal gathering which will include a light supper, music by DJ AA 1K, projection of film and images, and a warm-up to the art-storming process to follow (writing and sketching materials available.)  

We invite you to consider what it means to step out of your comfort zone to do something different. What helps you to navigate cultural barriers between old and young, male and female, between race, class, and culture? We will reflect on how awareness of power dynamics and diverse perspectives can deepen and strengthen this work.


What to expect:

  • Excerpts from a film made by Presence and UCARE for a UVa. course "Righting Unrightable Wrongs"
  • Participants' own stories of triumphs and challenges in trying to realize King's dream
  • Playback/ forum theatre based on these experiences
  • An 'art-storming' process where participants envision how they will use their creativity towards nonviolent change.
  • Follow-up on action ideas and art-based strategies at Verbs & Vibes events
  • Refreshments will be provided

For more information, call 434/973-2387, email, or visit