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a presentation of Sandglass Theater and Next Stage Arts Project

Keynote Address: Carlton Turner

carlton-turnerImagining the Re­Integration of Art and Humanity

Imagining the Re­integration of Art and Humanity sounds like the title for an liberal arts college course, but it is more of a call to action for all of those interested in understanding the answers to the greatest challenges of our time. This talk will examine the connection between the commodification of art as a product and the separation of art from cultural practice and purpose and the impact of that disconnection on the development of our collective humanity.

Carlton Turner is the Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS, a regional non­profit arts organization based in the south supporting artists working at the intersection of arts and social justice.
Carlton Turner is co­founder and co­artistic director, along with his brother Maurice Turner, of the group M.U.G.A.B.E.E. (Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction). M.U.G.A.B.E.E. is a Mississippi­based performing arts group that blends of jazz, hip­hop, spoken word poetry and soul music together with non­traditional storytelling.
Carlton is currently on the board of Appalshop, First People’s Fund, Imagining America, and an advisory member to the National Theater Project at New England Foundation for the Arts. Carlton is a member of the We Shall Overcome Fund Advisory Committee at the Highlander

Research and Education Center, a steering committee member of the Arts x Culture x Social Justice Network, and former Network of Ensemble Theaters steering committee member.
In 2011 Carlton was awarded the M. Edgar Rosenblum award for outstanding contribution to Ensemble Theater by Irondale Ensemble Project in Brooklyn, NY. In 2013 Carlton was named to the Kennedy Center Honors Artist Advisory Board alongside Debbie Allen, Maria De Leon, and Ping Chong. M.U.G.A.B.E.E. is a recipient of the 2015 Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre recipient.

Carlton lives in Utica, MS with his wife Brandi and three children Jonathan, Xiauna Lin, and Tristan.


Monday Nov 14, 2016
7 pm
Community Event
Next Stage

Will McAdams ~ Moving Forward / Making Change

A closing of the week and a call to move forward in community

In this participatory workshop, theater maker/activist Will MacAdams will lead participants in exercises and activities designed to foster dialogue and encourage action, inspired by the week.   The workshop is a place where Voices of Community artists, audience members and workshop participants can look back on the many events of the week – and look forward to the change they might inspire.   The hope is to imagine specific ways that this vital, creative work can be continued in our local communities – as well as support the many efforts already underway.

Sunday Nov 20, 2016
11:15 am – 12:45 pm
Community event
Next Stage
$10 sliding scale plus materials where needed

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