The Network of Ensemble Theaters presents MicroFest USA: Detroit.
Although Detroit’s community is fraught with limited resources and its socio-economic narrative dominated by devastation, the city has become a model for artist/activist-led collaborative, guerilla-style, grassroots action and community-driven revitalization. From “block clubs” that tackle issues surrounding blighted properties to artists working within their own neighborhood to engage youth in beautification projects, Detroiters across the city are active in creating the culture and home they envision and doing so through dialogue and collaboration.
MicroFest USA: Detroit will zoom into the activity and efforts happening in Detroit to springboard into an exploration of similar national efforts around issues such as urban planning, food issues, sustainability, prison issues/reform, and performance.
The following schedule is for all the events, performances, panels, and conversations that will livestream on #NEWPLAY TV during these three days at the MicroFest. Follow @NewPlayTV and @HowlRound as well as the hashtag #newplay in Twitter to get the latest on-the-ground news about the livestreaming and what's happening at the MicroFest. (This schedule is subject to change due to internet connectivity issues that may be encountered at certain venues.)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17 2012
Art, the Avant Garde, and the Realities of Resurrecting an American City, a Rogue HAA Panel at 7pm EDT / 6pm CDT / 4pm PDT / 23:00 GMT.
Oya Amakisi, Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival/US Social Forum Jela Ellefson, Eastern Market
Mike Han, Street Culture Mash
Philip Lauri, Detroit Lives!
Detroit Performances at 9pm EDT / 8pm CDT / 6pm PDT / 01:00 GMT.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 2012
Art Impact on an Issue: The Justice System at 9:30am–12:30pm EDT / 8:30am–11:30am CDT / 6:30am–9:30am PDT / 13:30–16:30 GMT.
A performance and panel discussion about artists working in the prisons, with returning citizens, families of the incarcerated, and lawyers/judges. 4TheatrSake presents Cell/Ships, a dance/theatre piece based on interviews with people who have been incarcerated.
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit: In Action at 2pm–3:30pm EDT / 1pm–2:30pm CDT / 11am–12:30pm PDT / 18:00–19:30 GMT.
This workshop will provide tools for creating original performance. Insights into evaluation processes used in youth development will be shared.
Reflection at 3:45pm–4:45pm EDT / 2:45pm–3:45pm CDT / 12:45pm–1:45pm PDT / 19:45–20:45 GMT.
Daniel Banks facilitates a session to share responses and reflections from the morning tracks and afternoon workshops.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19 2012
Town Hall: How do you know the work is having an impact? at 11am–12pm EDT / 10am–11am CDT / 8am–9am PDT / 3pm–4pm GMT
A participatory discussion focused on reflections of impact and articulating the various elements of community cultural development.
Closing at 12pm–12:30pm EDT / 11am–11:30am CDT / 9am–9:30am PDT / 16:00–16:30 GMT.
Closing thoughts from the weekend and preview of the next MicroFest in Knoxville, TN/Harlan, KY.
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