The Race Project

by julie on February 22, 2015

This fall, I spent four months working with older adults and teens from Evanston and Skokie, creating a story-based performance piece around race. The project was a collaboration between the Illinois Holocaust Museum, Next Theatre, and the Evanston YWCA, and the performance piece was commissioned to be performed at the Holocaust Museum as part of the exhibit Race: Are We So Different? I spent several weeks last summer looking for community members who would be willing meet a couple of times a month to talk about their experience of race locally and personally. And I ended up with a fantastic ensemble of about 30 teens from Niles West and Niles North High Schools, and 25 or so older adults. The group included lifelong Evanston residents and participants who had immigrated from all over the world: Haiti, Iraq, Syria, South America.

We met for months to share stories about assumptions and labels, skin color, segregation in Evanston, and cultural identity. We acknowledged our biases and even hung them up for a while to witness each other’s lives. The result was Voices of Race, performed by 26 teens and seniors for over 500 Evanston/Skokie residents.

January 11th, 12:00pm, Illinois Holocaust Museum, Skokie

January 14th, 5:00pm, Niles North High School

January 15th, 5:00pm, Niles West High School


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