Art as a Political Activator


Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 7:00pm to 8:00pm


Virtual event, registration required

Join the Ash Center and American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) for a virtual event in association with the A.R.T's production of 1776

Ohio Organizing Coalition (OOC) in Columbus, 1Hood in Pittsburgh, and MS Votes in Jackson are three of the many organizations that have successfully incorporated art in all its forms to inspire civic engagement among young people of color. In a roundtable moderated by Harvard Graduate School of Education Lecturer on Education Aysha Upchurch, OOC’s Co-Executive Director Prentiss Haney, 1Hood’s Co-Founder Jasiri X, and MS Votes’ Executive Director Arekia Bennett-Scott discuss the impact and importance of the arts as means to connect with and empower young people to be politically active.

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About 1776  

They knew they would make history, but not what history would make of them. Fed up with living under the tyranny of British rule, John Adams attempts to persuade his fellow members of the Continental Congress to vote in favor of American Independence and sign the Declaration. But how much is he willing to compromise in the pursuit of freedom? And who does that freedom belong to? Jeffrey L. Page and A.R.T. Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus direct a new production of the Tony Award-winning musical, reexamining this pivotal moment in American history with a cast that reflects multiple representations of race, gender, and ethnicity.

Following its run at A.R.T., 1776 will play at Roundabout Theatre Company in fall 2022 and begin a national tour in February 2023. Learn more on the A.R.T. website.