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.
Photo Historian Corey Dzenko talks with a studio art major during The Arts and Social Change Symposium and residency held in May 2012.
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.
Linfield College Trustee and Arts Benefactor
March 19-22, 7:30 p.m.
Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall
March 19, 6:30 p.m. “Meet the Playwright Reception,” Ford Hall Lobby
March 19, Post-show Discussion: “Reactions to the Play,” Marshall Theatre
March 21, Post-show Discussion: “Diversity, Social Media, and Perception: Life on a Small College Campus,” Marshall Theatre
UMW is set at a small, private university, far from the nearest city, where the student population is “mostly white.” In an effort to increase diversity, the school has recruited minorities from across the globe. When one of the students posts a racist YouTube video, the forced melting pot comes to a boil. UMW is an incisive, up-to-the minute social satire about stereotyping, bigotry and college life.
According to Urbinati, the play was written to explore contemporary issues relevant to the growth of diversity on college campuses nationwide. “I wanted to write the play to include the experiences of the different minorities on campus,” said Urbinati. “I wanted the play to be funny and outrageous while still addressing the serious issues." According to the director, Michelle Seaton, the play also explores "how we find ways to form human connections with one another, especially in a culture dominated by social media such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube."
UMW contains mature language and subject matter and may not be suitable for all audiences.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the UMW Web site.
In 1992, James Lavadour and friends founded Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is a nonprofit organization aimed at providing opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development.
Frank Janzen, Print Maker
April 2-5, 2013
Artist Talk: “Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts: History and Artistic Endeavors"
Wednesday, April 3, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Room 127, in the Nicholson Library
A reception will follow in the Miller Fine Arts Center
Crow's Shadow Selected Print Exhibition
April 2 – 26
Linfield Studio Gallery
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Curated by Cris Moss
Exhibiting artists will include Pat Boas, James Lavadour, and Wendy Red Star.
The Linfield Studio Gallery is located in the Miller Fine Arts Center, Building A.
These events are free and open to the public.
April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre at Ford Hall with post-show discussion
In Tehuantepec dress with eyebrows taking flight like the wings of a raven, Frida Kahlo is legendary for an independence that inspired generations of feminists around the world. From the streetcar accident that left her crippled, to her torrid relationship with muralist Diego Rivera, life and art intertwine in this story of one of Mexico’s most acclaimed visual artists.
En su atuendo de Tehuana con cejas que emprenden vuelo como las alas de un cuervo, Frida Kahlo es famosa por una independencia que inspiró a generaciones de feministas en todo el mundo. Desde el accidente en un tranvía que la dejó inválida, hasta su turbulenta relación con el muralista Diego Rivera, la vida y el arte se entrelazan en la historia de una de las artistas visuales más reconocidas de México.
The cast includes Linfield graduate Tricia Castañeda-Gonzáles Lee.
April 3-5 residency in the McMinnville community, in collaboration with UNIDOS Bridging Community, focused on diversity workshops promoting positive social change
Additional support provided by an Oregon Arts Commission Arts Build Communities Grant, Juan Young Trust, Willakenzie Estate, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of McMinnville, Office of Multicultural Programs and Department of Theatre & Communication Arts.
The performance is free and open to the public.
Delkin Recital Hall, Bull Music Center
The performance is free and open to the public.
Featuring an exhibit of her photographs, class visits, and lectures
Suzanne Opton, whose work lives on the edge between documentary and conceptual. is a self-taught photographer who studied philosophy. She often asks a simple performance from her subjects as a means of illustrating their circumstances. Opton's photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Cleveland Museum, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Library of Congress, Musee de l'Eysee, Lausanne, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and Portland Art Museum.
Featuring open rehearsals and performance of an original work commissioned for the Linfield College Concert Choir
Additional 2013-14 events will be announced.
Panel Discussion on the arts and social change featuring Thomas Lauderdale, Corey Dzenko, and Rob Urbinati, moderated by Susan Agre-Kippenhan
Lectures and Discussions
Musician Thomas Lauderdale: "Singer-Songwriter: Learn Your Craft"
Photo historian Corey Dzenko: "The 'Cruel Optimism' of Gregory Crewdson's Suburbs and Suzanne Opton's Soldiers"
Playwright Rob Urbinati: "Creating a Play: From Idea to Page to Stage, Part One" and "Rebel Voices and Necessary Dialogues"
Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, 7:30 p.m., Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall, Free Admission
In Celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month
by Dañel Malán
Directed by Matthew B. Zrebski
Swept up in an immigration raid and deported to Mexico, Rio, Luz and Sal are suddenly immersed into indigenous prophecies surrounding B'aktun 13, the final era in the Mayan calendar. In the Yucatan, they encounter Mayan deities Ixchel, goddess of water and moon, and Ahpuch, god of death, who lead the trio deeper into a mythological universe. Time revolves like a Mayan calendar as each must face the consequences of their pasts.
Performed by Portland's Miracle Theatre, B’aktun 13 is an original bilingual production. A Talk Back with the cast, focusing on the role of theatre in social change, will take place immediately following the performance. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts and the Linfield Office of Multicultural Programs.
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