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Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College

Sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Fund

The Lacroute Arts Fund at Linfield College supports the Departments of Art and Visual Culture, Music, and Theatre and Communication Arts in their efforts to produce and present arts events for the Linfield and McMinnville communities. In so doing the program contributes to the artistic life of students, faculty and community members by providing quality arts experiences featuring distinguished visiting artists.

Artist Corey Dzenko works with a Linfield art student.
Photo Historian Corey Dzenko talks with a studio art major during The Arts and Social Change Symposium and residency held in May 2012.

2012-14 Series: The Arts and Social Change

Creative expression has always been a means to stimulate deep social change because we can challenge many of society’s deepest assumptions through artistic engagement. Art in all its forms sparks new ideas and inspires critical thinking, which then leads to new actions. Artists are among the most important visionaries in society. They can ignite communities in common purpose to achieve new goals.

Ronni Lacroute
Linfield College Trustee and Arts Benefactor


Spring 2014 Events

Hand2Mouth TheatreHand2Mouth Theatre

My Mind Is Like an Open Meadow
Friday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Marshall Theatre, Ford Hall

My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow, directed by Jonathan Walters, H2M artistic director, is a one-woman performance by Erin Leddy, an H2M ensemble member who also wrote the production. The production is based on the memoirs of Leddy's grandmother, Sarah Braveman. Braveman was an actress in New York for more than 40 years, performing throughout the Northeast from the 1950s through the 1980s. Leddy lived with her grandmother in 2001, during which time she recorded Braveman's audio memoirs and began to conceive of a solo performance that would eventually become "My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow," which is a meditation on consciousness, memory, loss, fear and the creative process.

Teatro MilagroTeatro Milagro

Cuéntame Coyote
Friday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.
Marshall Theatre, Ford Hall

Cuéntame Coyote, written and directed by Dañel Malán, follows the journey of two cousins abandoned in the desert as they risk their lives in a border crossing adventure of courage and perseverance. The play is based on sacred stories and migrant tales collected from the Tohono O'odham reservation in Arizona.

Malán co-founded the Miracle Theatre Group in 1985 with her husband Jose Eduardo Gonzalez, and created the bilingual touring program Teatro Milagro in 1989. The cast of Cuéntame Coyote includes Alida Holguin Wilson-Gunn as Maria, Nathaniel Patterson as El Coyote, Ajai Terrazas-Tripathi as Jose and Mariel Sierra as multiple characters. Wilson-Gunn has been working as the director of Borderlands Theater's education outreach programs in Arizona for the past seven seasons. Patterson is an actor, director, playwright and designer currently working toward his master's degree in theatre at Portland State University. Terrazas-Tripathi, in his fourth year performing with the Milagro touring company as a performer and teaching artist, assists with grant writing and development efforts and holds a theatre arts degree from Oregon State University. Sierra began her theatre education at Studio East Training for the Performing Arts. While there, she participated in Young Actors Professional Intensive and spent three summers teaching in youth camps.


Wafaa BilalWafaa Bilal -- Artist in Residence and Exhibition

I Don't Know Their Names
April 1-May 10
Wednesday, April 2, 6 p.m. Artist Talk
Linfield Gallery, Miller Fine Arts Center

A Linfield PLACE event

Bilal is known internationally for his interactive works provoking dialogue about world politics and internal dynamics. "I Don't Know Their Names" is a durational performance in which the names of 100,000 Iraqi civilians who have died in the Iraq War are painted on the walls in Arabic in white semi-translucent paint.

Bilal, an associate arts professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, fled Iraq in 1991 during the first Gulf War. After two years in refugee camps in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, he came to the U.S. where he graduated from the University of New Mexico and received an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2008, City Lights published "Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun," about Bilal's life and the "Domestic Tension" project. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Calif.; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Ill.; MATHAF: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar; among others.


Artist in Residence and Concert

Gabriel Jackson, Composer
Sunday, May 4, 4 p.m.
Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, Melrose Hall

Gabriel Jackson was born in Bermuda in 1962. After three years as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral, Jackson studied composition at the Royal College of Music, first in the Junior Department with Richard Blackford and later with John Lambert, gaining his BMus in 1983. While at the College he was awarded the R.O. Morris Prize for Composition in 1981 and 1983, and in 1981 he also won the Theodore Holland Award.

His music is regularly performed, recorded and broadcast worldwide. His works have been presented at many festivals in the UK and beyond, including Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Spitalfields, Haarlem Choir Biennale, Festival Vancouver, the Sydney Spring Festival and the BBC Proms. His liturgical pieces are in the repertoires of many of Britain's leading cathedral and collegiate choirs and his music has been commissioned and performed by many of the world’s leading vocal ensembles, among them The Sixteen, the Latvian Radio Choir, the Tallis Scholars, the Bavarian Radio Choir, the Swedish Radio Choir, Ars Nova Copenhagen and the Norwegian Soloists Ensemble. In 2003 he won the liturgical category at the inaugural British Composer Awards, and won the choral award in 2009 for The Spacious Firmament.

Since 2010 Jackson has been Associate Composer to the BBC Singers, resulting in a series of substantial commissions, including In Nomine Domini for the 2010 BBC Proms and Airplane Cantata for choir and pianola. Other recent commissions include According to Seneca, for the award-winning Philadelphian professional chamber choir, The Crossing, The Glory of the Lord, written for the Papal visit to Westminster Abbey in September 2010, and To the Field of Stars, co-commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus, St Jacobs Chamber Choir, Stockholm, and The Netherlands Chamber Choir, premiered in Autumn 2011. Later in 2012 will see a new work to mark the Tallis scholars’ 40th anniversary, and, for Easter 2013, a full length Passion for the Choir of Merton College, Oxford.

Lacroute Arts Poster spring 2014

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