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On Sunday, February 15th, 2015, Poverty & the Arts and Blue Moves Modern Dance Company partner with Room in the Inn to offer “Creative Justice: Feeding the Soul”. This unique performance experience features one of Blue Moves’ social justice choreographic works and Poverty & the Arts’ resident artists and poets from the homeless community. Much in the way that Room in the Inn offers volunteers and the homeless a chance to share a meal together with their winter shelter program, this performance will allow all types of community members to come together and a share an afternoon of dance, poetry and music at Room in the Inn’s Campus for Human Development, 700 Drexel Street, Nashville, Tennessee with shows at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
“Divine Sparks”, choreographed by Amanda Cantrell Roche, uses the audio of recorded interview excerpts of local activists and community organizers Lindsey Krinks of Nashville Open Table, Tamara Ambar of Nashville Conflict Resolution Center, Ngawang Losel of One Human Race 4 Justice and Sara Sharpe of EVEolution, combined with choreography and music to speak of the fire in their souls to help their community. It concludes with recognizing the divine spark in every human being, and a call for us to listen to that spark to work towards shaping better communities and changing the world.
“I’m excited to share this piece with such an integrated audience,” says Cantrell Roche. “The arts are vital, and I’d like to see access to the arts treated as a vital necessity — almost like food and shelter. I hope the experience of this performance will remind everyone of their own divine spark, and empower them to acknowledge and act upon it in whatever form that may take; be it through volunteering, activism or simply showing more compassion to others.”
Poverty & the Arts’ mission is to empower homeless and formerly homeless individuals as artists and creatives by helping them generate income, meaning, and purpose in life. They also use the arts to promote relationships and a space for volunteers to view homeless individuals as talented and creative, thus creating better advocates and more compassionate community members.
“The more I work with the homeless, the more it becomes obvious how much environment drives behavior,” says Nicole Brandt, founder and executive director of Poverty & the Arts. “The arts create an environment for our community that produce passion, motivation, and self-confidence. This new environment allows our artists to have more success in generating their own income and sustainability.”
Seating is limited. Each show will have 25 free seats open to the general public through reservation only on first come, first serve basis through the Eventbrite link above beginning January 15th at 8 a.m. The remaining half of the seats will be open to the participants in the Room in the Inn program. In lieu of a ticket price, attendees are encouraged to bring a gift of beauty or something that feeds the soul. Suggested items are sketchbooks, books of poetry, visual art and other items that can fit in a backpack.