Lift Ev’ry Voice 2017

Signature Events

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Camille Brown & Dancers at Jacob's Pillow
BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play is a joyful and moving exploration of childhood innocence, girlhood awareness, and maturation of the Black female through her lens.
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Struttin' with Wanda Houston
The Mount plays host to Lift Ev'ry Voice, featuring Wanda Houston.
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The Gather-In at Durant Park, July 22
In celebration of community, the Gather-In features activities for all ages.
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Carl Hancock Rux at Mass MoCA
Spoken word response to Nick Cave's massive installation UNTIL.
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June 16, 8P
Carl Hancock Rux response to Nick Cave’s UNTIL
Mass MoCa, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
Mass MoCA presents Carl Hancock Rux spoken word and poety created in response to Nick Cave’s expansive installation UNTIL.
June 17, 1P
Workshop with Carl Hancock Rux
Mass MoCa, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
Lift Ev’ry Voice and Mass MoCA present a poetry/spoken word workshop with Carl Hancock Rux.
June 27, 10 – 11:30A
Community Workshop, A Journey Through Social Dance
Morningside Community School, 100 Burbank Street, Pittsfield, MA
Rooted in the African-American dance vernacular, this workshop, with dance artists Camille A. Brown, Francine E. Ott, and Maria Monge, celebrates the power of African-American social dance and its impact and influence on American dance forms throughout history. Presented by Jacob’s Pillow. FREE, all ages/levels welcome!
June 28, 3 – 4:30P
Community Workshop, A Journey Through Social Dance
First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn Street, Pittsfield, MA
Rooted in the African-American dance vernacular, this workshop, with dance artists Camille A. Brown, Francine E. Ott, and Maria Monge, celebrates the power of African-American social dance and its impact and influence on American dance forms throughout history. Presented by Jacob’s Pillow. FREE, all ages/levels welcome!
June 29, 6:30P
African American Social Dance – A Celebration!
First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn Street, Pittsfield, MA
Join artists Camille A. Brown, Francine E. Ott, and Maria Monge in this community event celebrating social dances of all forms. Come ready to move and feel free to bring questions and joy! Presented by Jacob’s Pillow. FREE, all ages welcome!
July 14, 7:30P
until/UNTIL, LEV/WXW response to Nick Cave’s UNTIL
Mass MoCA, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
Lift Ev’ry Voice in collaboration with the WordXWord Festival presents a multi-generational cast of poet/performers who will share work created in response to Nick Cave’s UNTIL.
July 22, 1P – 6P
The Gather-In
Durant Park, Columbus Ave, Pittsfield, MA
Sponsored by the Berkshire Branch of the NAACP, In celebration of community, the Gather-In features activities for all ages, including games for children, musical performances, dance, food, a variety of vendors and informational booths, and a spirited a basketball tournament.
July 29, 7P
Olga Dunn Dance Company Tribute to Elaine Gunn
46 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA
The Olga Dunn Dance Company presents a performance and tribute to Elaine Gunn. Elaine’s legacy is focused on the history of W.E.B. Du Bois and the Underground Railroad as well as the importance of education in general. The performance will include four gospel music and dance pieces and close with a finale to the “Lift Ev’ry Voice” song that was dear to Elaine Gunn. The evening will also include a gathering with food and drink in tribute to Elaine. The performance will take place in the intimate setting of the Olga Dunn Dance Studio inside of the historic railroad station with pre performance activities under an adjacent tent.
August 5, 5-8P
Struttin’ with Wanda Houston
The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home, 2 Plunkett St, Lenox, MA
The Mount plays host to Lift Ev’ry Voice in a celebration of community with the Wanda Houston Band. Enjoy delicious food available for purchase from the Terrace Café and Lucia’s Latin Kitchen, or bring your own picnic.
August 12, 11:30A – 4P
Lift Ev’ry Voice Day at Jacob’s Pillow Dance
Jacob’s Pillow Dance, 358 George Carter Rd, Becket, MA
Jacob’s Pillow Dance invites the Lift Ev’ry Voice community to spend a day and enjoy all that the Pillow has to offer. The day’s activities include free and ticketed performances, tour of the historic grounds, the opportunity to observe classes, picnic and more.
August 20, 3P
Walkin’ with LEV / ScultureNow
The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home, 2 Plunkett St, Lenox, MA
Enjoy the SculptureNow exhibition at the Mount as never before when Lift Ev’ry Voice takes you for a walk through a medley of music, dance and poetic responses to the grounds and sculpture. [info for performers interested in participating]
August 25, 1-4P
Beaded Hope: A color-coded bead (assemblage) project in response to Nick Cave’s UNTIL
Mass MoCA, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
Participants will design a “piece” (anklet, bracelet, necklace) and be asked to wear the piece(s) during their time in the UNTIL exhibition and while in other galleries to help identify other patrons with beaded pieces. Using provided prompts, participants will be encouraged to engage in moments of self-reflection and conversations promoting social justice, community and creativity.

Local cultural and community organizations – including libraries, historical societies, arts organizations, galleries, museums and educational institutions – are invited to contact us about partnering and presenting talks, screenings, performances, exhibits and more!

Contact us at liftevryvoice@gmail.com