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From readings to community conversations and performances, check out this archive of recent virtual events. For information on upcoming events, please subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media.
From Smallpox to COVID-19: Microbes, Hate, and HistoryWatch this panel discussion about the historical and present-day conditions that have made Indigenous people especially vulnerable to disease, and the strategies required to break this pattern of discrimination and social violence. This event is co-presented by Revolutionary Spaces and Upstander Project.
Panelists include: Ramona Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag), Chairwoman of the Native Land Conservancy, Lorén Spears (Narragansett/Niantic), Executive Director of the Tomaquag Museum, and Mishy Lesser, Learning Director at the Upstander Project. The discussion was moderated by Claudia Fox Tree (Arawak) of the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness.
Discovering Crispus: A Play in ProcessWatch this lively conversation with Revolutionary Spaces EVP, Museum Experience Anne Freeh Engel, Plays in Place Producing Artistic Director Patrick Gabridge, Playwright Miranda Austen ADEkoje, and Director Pascale Florestal.
The play-in-process will explore how the memory of Attucks has inspired generations of activists to fight for social change. While the story takes shape, this special program allows the creators to share their progress and reveal themes that stand out most to them today.
Site See: Rebellion in ActionRevolutionary Spaces President & CEO Nat Sheidley and Director of Public and Community Programs Erica Lindamood discuss events the Old State House and Old South Meeting House witnessed in the lead-up to American Independence. By revisiting moments of 18th-century protest, debate, and rebellion at the Old South Meeting House and Old State House, we can more thoughtfully consider the roles Revolutionary Spaces might play in critical conversations and activism today. Intro music: bensound.com.
The Power of Place with Nat Sheidley and Patrick GabridgeNat Sheidley and Plays in Place Producing Artistic Director Patrick Gabridge discuss the power of place in theater and museums.
Building Resilience: A Virtual DialogWatch the full video of our April 30, 2020, event in partnership with the Black Caucus of Health Workers discussing how past crises give us a view to our current crisis, and how we move through this toward a more equitable future.
Intro music: www.bensound.com.
Storytelling, the Arts, and Public Health: Essential Partners?In partnership with the Black Caucus of Health Workers, watch this lively conversation on how storytelling and the arts can impact public health policy and practice, in the time of COVID-19 and beyond. Panelists include digital and performance storyteller Shanae Burch, Everyday Boston Executive Director Cara Solomon, Creative Action Institute Executive Director Clare Dowd, and Arts Connect International founder Marian Taylor Brown. The conversation was moderated by Eram Alam.
Site See: The Flipsides of the Old State House and Old South Meeting HouseNat Sheidley, Erica Lindamood, and Rosalie Wilbur discuss the lesser-known facts of the Old State House and Old South Meeting House.
"Gathering" with Charles CoePoet, writer, educator, and Revolutionary Spaces board member performs several poems on the theme of "gathering," followed by a discussion and Q&A session.
Poetry in the Time of Corona with Charles CoeWatch as Revolutionary Spaces board member and poet/writer/performer Charles Coe reads two original poems: "Love in the Time of Corona" and "Something in the Wind."
Reflecting Attucks at RevolutionarySpaces.orgOver the course of several months, #ReflectingAttucks provides a ground-breaking look at Crispus Attucks - a man of African and Native descent, who was the first to die at the Boston Massacre.
The time has never been more relevant to reflect on the "first martyr of liberty" as our nation grapples with the vital role that protest and resistance play in American democracy and with the historical roots of inequality, particularly for Black and Indigenous communities.
Join the conversation: https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/reflectingattucks
POEM: Excerpt from Crispus Attucks; 1888; John Boyle O’Reilly (1844 - 1890) read by Charles Coe
IMAGES: A view of part of the town of Boston in New-England and Brittish [sic] ships of war landing their troops! 1768; 1768; Paul Revere (1735 - 1818) | Boston Massacre Monument, Boston Common; 1888; Robert Krause (1850 - 1901) | The Bloody Massacre; 1770; Paul Revere (1735 - 1818); Reproduction from the Collection of Revolutionary Spaces - 1883.0097 | Portrait of Crispus Attucks; Undated; Artist unknown | State Street Boston Massacre, March 5, 1770; 1856; W.L. Champney (1834 - 1880); Reproduction from the Collection of Revolutionary Spaces - Gift of Joseph R. Ross - 1890.0042 | Victims’ coffins from The Boston Gazette; March 12, 1770; Reproduction from the Collection of Revolutionary Spaces - 1962.0037.001 | Crispus; c. 1973; Robert C. Frankenberg (1911 - 2001); Reproduction courtesy of Mitch Kachun | Paul Revere’s Plan of the Scene of the Boston Massacre: Used at the Trial of Capt. Preston and Soldiers; 1770; Paul Revere (1735 - 1818); Reproduction courtesy of the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library | Boston Massacre marker, State Street, Boston | Handcuffs worn by Anthony Burns; c. 1850; The Froggatt Company; Collection of Revolutionary Spaces - Gift of Mrs. Jerome W. Doten - 1923.0007 | The Runaway Slaves, Anthony Burns and Thomas Sims, Returned to Slavery - Their March Through the Streets of Boston; 1899; Artist unknown; Published in Story of my life: or, the Sunshine and Shadow of 70 Years by Mary A. Livermore; Reproduction courtesy of the New York Public Library; https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-a2a1-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99 | William Cooper Nell; Undated; Photographer unknown; Reproduction courtesy of Wikimedia Commons | Portrait of Dred Scott; c. 1857; Artist unknown; Reproduction courtesy of Wikimedia Commons | William Monroe Trotter; Undated; Artist unknown | Silent protest parade in New York [City] against the East St. Louis riots; 1917; Reproduction courtesy of Wikimedia Commons | US Marshals with Young Ruby Bridges on School Steps; c. November 1960; Uncredited DOJ [Department of Justice] Photographer; Reproduction courtesy of Wikimedia Commons | Melnea Cass at Crispus Attucks Memorial for Boston Massacre Commemoration; March 5, 1975; Mayor’s Office of Public Service, City of Boston; Reproduction courtesy of the City of Boston Archives | Crispus Attucks; 1943; Herschel Levit (1912-1986); Mural, Recorder of Deeds Building, Washington DC ; Reproduction courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, photograph by Carol M. Highsmith
MUSIC: On the Shore by Kevin MacLeod; Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4167-on-the-shore; License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/