Foluke Cultural Arts needs $20,000 by December 31, 2018 to help underwrite the production expenses of "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf" Directed by Professor Dale Shields, this production was conceived as a vehicle to raise funds for the continuation of arts ... Read More
Foluke Cultural Arts needs $20,000 by December 31, 2018 to help underwrite the production expenses of "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf" Directed by Professor Dale Shields, this production was conceived as a vehicle to raise funds for the continuation of arts education programming initiated by Foluke Cultural Arts Center, Central's ONLY Arts center some fifteen years ago.
Professor Shields, Associate Professor of Theater at the University of Akron, is a director, stage manager, and actor (Broadway, Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway and Regional). His credits include various projects and assignments at Lincoln Center (State Theatre), The Henry Street Settlement House (New Federal Theatre), The Cleveland Playhouse, The Negro Ensemble Company, The Joseph Papp Public Theatre (New York Shakespeare Festival), St. Clements, Project1Voice, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Penumbra Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Beck Center for the Arts, The Weathervane Playhouse, The Center for Families and Children, The Weathervane Theatre, Mindbuilders, Upward Bound, Youngstown Early Intervention Program, The American Folk Theatre and Karamu House.
The targeted population, the Central Promise Neighborhood is primarily, young, black and poor. Families are dominated by 1,672 singles mothers. Centrals oldest and youngest residents are much poorer than those of their counterparts in the Greater Cleveland area. In addition, Central is also has the largest concentration of public/subsidized housing, consisting of 5 complexes in an eight mile radius. The Promise Neighborhood, according the the 2012 census, have 2,042 of its residents with annual incomes below $12,000, and no disposable income for arts classes.
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Dava Cansler is the Founder and Executive Director of Foluke Cultural Arts Center She has worked diligently over the past 15 years to meet the challenges of securing funding and donations to keep Foluke Cultural Arts operational and in the Cleveland Central Promise Community
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