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Performance, workshop by Climbing Poe Tree

April 23, 2014

Climbing Poe Tree will visit Skidmore for two special events next week

At 6 pm Sunday, April 27, on Case Green outside of Murray-Aikins Dining Hall, there will be a performance. (Rain location:  the Spa.) From 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the Inter Cultural Center at Case Center, there will be a workshop titled “Art as Activism.” Both events are free and open to the public. Details are as follows:

Climbing Poe Tree consists of two boundary-breaking soul sisters who have sharpened their art as a tool for popular education, community organizing, and personal transformation. Alixa and Naima interweave spoken word, hip hop, and award-winning multimedia theater to expose injustice, channel hope into vision, and make a better future visible, immediate, and irresistible. With flawless cadence and impeccable lyricism, Alixa and Naima tell powerful stories of love and liberation; state and personal violence; social, environmental, racial, and sexual justice; woman's empowerment; and human transcendence. 

“Art as Activism” 

How can art be fashioned as a tool at the service of our vision for a more just and peaceful world?

Through dialogue, hands-on activities and a slide show, Climbing Poe Tree will explore mural painting, graphic design, poetry, theater, silk screening, popular education, video, animation and story gathering, as tools for social movements, community organizing, campaign strategy, and collective healing.   

Skidmore’s Environmental Action Club and Feminist Action Club, with support from the Office of Student Diversity Programs, are sponsors of this program.

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