Last fall, 13 organizations including A Call to Conscience (C2C) were awarded a total of $115,000 in funding through the Arts and Healing Initiative. A Call to Conscience presents original works that engages diverse audiences in thought provoking conversations and an exchange of ideas regarding racism, police brutality, poverty, health disparity and gender inequality. Call to Conscience’s upcoming show “Celebration of Survival” will be presented this weekend at the Centene Center for the Arts, the Arts and Education Council’s arts incubator.

Most recently, C2C produced “Greenwood: An American Dream Destroyed” by Celeste Bedford Walker about the Tulsa riots of 1921 and a recorded reading of “Vol 1: A Post-Racial America” by Vincent Terrell Durham with Solid Lines Productions.

 “Celebration of Survival” shares a series of vignettes written by community members. The material will include some texts adapted from interviews and writing by Michelle Dillard, Stacey Newman, Anna Blair, Carl Overly Jr., Joan Lipkin, Jordan Elizabeth Braxton, Dan Kelly, Dr. Ken Haller, Eileen Cheong, John Samuel Tieman, Greg Carr, Tim Mosley and Rhadi Smith.

“We are grateful to the Arts and Education Council to be in the first round of grants for the Arts and Healing Initiative to create this piece and workshop,” said Call to Conscience Artistic Director Fannie Belle Lebby. “It truly is a community project that reflects many voices. We are excited to share our work – which could not be more timely – and are committed to keeping everyone safe.”

“Celebration of Survival” is adapted by Mariah Richardson and Lavelle Wilkins Chinn, is directed by Fannie Belle Lebby, and choreographed by Vivian Watt with music by Cornelius Davis.

The performance will be followed by a Playback Theatre session conducted by Joan Lipkin, Artistic Director of That Uppity Theatre Company. Playback is a highly specialized form of improvisation, that allows the audience to share their own responses and experiences during the pandemic. Additionally, a collage workshop will be held on Friday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets for the show are $10, and tickets for the collage workshop (including pre-cut materials for the collage) are $15. A Call to Conscience will require that audience members provide proof of vaccination, or a recent negative COVID-19 test to enter the venue. Additionally, masks will be required.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite here.

The Arts and Healing Initiative, in partnership with Missouri Foundation for Health, with additional support from Crawford Taylor Foundation, Missouri Arts Council, Marillac Mission Fund, Graybar and Church on the Rock aims to improve the quality of life for people throughout St. Louis City and County in its first year, and additional Missouri counties in subsequent years.

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