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NPR’s All Things Considered profiles the America: Here and Now project and its premiere in Kansas City.  Great audio excerpts from Public Space by Zayd Dohrn featuring Chioma Anyanwu and Coleman Crenshaw (follow the link below).

‘Taking The Temperature Of America’

All of the work is loosely organized and curated by the artists themselves. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman contributed to the program’s theater lineup.

“Instantly the idea was in my mind that what we should do would be a series of dialogues meant to be overheard,” Norman says.

Her peers, including Edward Albee and Tina Howe, created short, conversational works.

In Zayd Dohrn’s Public Space, an apparently homeless man draped in a blanket walks through the gallery and curls up under a painting. He’s quickly approached by a docent, who tells him he can’t sleep there — the gallery is a place for art.

“Everyone understood that they were kind of doing a verbal sampling of American life,” Norman explains. “It clearly wasn’t about them; it was about taking the temperature of America emotionally, in an instant, in a gallery.”

http://www.npr.org/2011/05/27/136717513/art-in-america-records-the-national-experience

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REPOSTED from KCUR’s site.

Stop by to listen to the radio preview.

“America: Now and Here” is a two-year national project combining poetry, theatre, film, visual arts and music. It launches Friday, May 6, in Kansas City, Missouri before traveling to Detroit in July and Chicago in October.

by Laura Spencer

Kansas City, Mo. “America: Now and Here” is a two-year national project combining poetry, theatre, film, visual arts and music. It launches Friday, May 6, in Kansas City, Missouri before traveling to Detroit in July and Chicago in October.

The goal is to start a conversation about the American experience in a new way: through ART.

America: Now and Here
May 6 – 28, 2011
Kansas City, Mo.

Launch: Friday, May 6, 2011, 7 – 9 pm with DJ Spooky
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center
2012 Baltimore
Kansas City, Mo.

May 6, 5:30 – 9:00 pm — AC: KC Opening Reception
Cocoon Gallery
115 W. 18th Street
Kansas City, Mo.

KC Studio Previews America: Now and Here’s opening in Kansas City.

America: Now and Here was also conceived as a way to foster a new civic relationship with the arts, and engage audiences who might otherwise see the arts as irrelevant to their daily lives or be disinclined to visit a museum, gallery, theater, or concert hall.

“Where art sometimes divides individuals, America: Now and Here is finding a way for art to unite us, to strengthen our nation’s communities through the shared cultural experiences that define us,” said Abby Sims Beckloff, External Affairs Director of the Mid-America Arts Alliance. “We are so pleased to be a part of this inaugural experience in Kansas City, and we can’t wait to see what great things will happen across the country as the America: Now and Here conversation grows.”

Dorothy Dunn, Director of America: Now and Here, said, “The need to engage with each other is at the very heart of our being as Americans. Art is often the shared experience that brings us together to discuss and debate, and this journey seeks to use the power of art to expand the conversation.”

Read the full Article at KC Studio