THE QUEST FACTOR

    Help 'Beyond the Veil of the Sorrow Songs' make its New York debut at NYU's Black History Month!

    Beyond the Veil of the Sorrow Songs

    Help 'Beyond the Veil of the Sorrow Songs' make its New York debut at NYU's Black History Month Celebration!

     New York City, NY, United States
    This is a Fiscally-Sponsored Project

    Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas

    Beyond the Veil of the Sorrow Songs

    An Interdisciplinary Multimedia Theatrical Concert

    Beyond the Veil of the Sorrow Songs is a chronicle of the journey of escaped slaves to Atlantic Canada and Quebec via the Underground Railroad. It then reaches forward to address the challenges of the African-Nova Scotia community today.  Slave narratives, dance, spoken word, and song mix with West African drumming, Scots-Irish fiddling, media, and live visual artistry to provide a compelling witness, giving voice to the fortitude of persons long silenced and written out of history.  

    What We Need

    We are raising $10,000 dollars to cover:

    Travel 
    Housing
    Per diem/honorarium compensation 
    Reception
    Symposium expenses 


    The eight-person cast is to be brought in from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada for a two day, two night stay. The culturally mixed cast uses the framework of our production to shed light on dealing with difference within the cultural workings of the Maritimes.

    The Impact

    After two successful runs in Nova Scotia, my goal is to bring Beyond the Veil of the Sorrow Songs to the New York community as part of New York University's African American History Month Celebrations, February 2018.  Mounting the production here in the U.S., expands our provincial idea of Blackness (or non-whiteness) and broadens our understanding that the challenges of race existing in the U.S. are not unique nor exclusive to our country. 

    My passion is to compel us to look hard and truly see that which we'd prefer to ignore. As a creative artist, I see art and culture as the change agents we can use to remove the cataracts from our eyes. If we are to move forward and survive as a global community, particularly in a world whose majority population comprises of persons of "color," we must all, white and non-white, deliberately choose to become revolutionaries and break the strong-hold white supremacist thought has on global culture. As with any truly revolutionary act, we must start at home and our home is not solely the U.S. but the entire Western Hemisphere, because what gave birth to it, gave birth to us, namely, institutionalized slavery. Until we unpack the effect slavery has had over the course of its five hundred year reign: overtly (1460 -1888 [slavery ends in Brazil]) and covertly (postbellum U.S. 1865 - 1965), we will never know ourselves, or why we so often find ourselves in the conundrum of race hate. Current history is showing us that we ignore our historical past at our own peril. We must go even further and reach ahead to uncover what racism looks like in a supposedly post-racial society, namely, the neo-slavery of the mass incarceration of Black and Brown bodies.

    To this end, Beyond the Veil of the Sorrow Songs uses collage in 3-D, human bodies and human witness, to implore us to look and look again. And...what place in our Western hemisphere, our hemispheric home, is any less racist than Atlantic Canada. But, look again.

    Why Should I Help?

    Our times are beyond extraordinary. As with any unresolved conflict or unattended wound, the festering result compounds the initial fault or injury. We ignore the caustic aspects of our history in the hopes that they will disappear, or at the very least, leave us alone until we are no longer here to face them -- then they are someone else's problem. We assume, because our world has survived so far, it will continue to survive. But if silence is death, so is apathy. By joining as a co-sponsor in bringing this profound and timely work to a New York audience, and specifically a U.S. audience, you will be helping to shed light, and air, and healing on our hemisphere. The fallout is our future. No-one remains unscathed or untouched by the history of slavery, whether they have been on our continent for centuries or days. Beyond the Veil of the Sorrow Songs is a powerful way to contribute to a healing social consciousness. 

    THE QUEST FACTOR is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of THE QUEST FACTOR must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” and are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law



    Rewards

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    'Executive Producer' Title

    Donate $500.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    A gift of $500 or more will help pay for the cost of the theater here in New York. It will also earn you the exclusive title of 'Executive Producer' to appear at our event and on our event programming. 

    Special Thanks

    Donate $200.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    A gift of $200 will cover the food costs for our actors once here in New York. It will also guarantee that your name or organization will appear under our 'Special Thanks' category at our event and on our event programming. 

    Co-Producer

    Donate $350.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    A gift of $350 will pay for housing and transportation for the actors once in New York. It will also earn you the title of 'Co-Executive Producer' to appear at our event and on our event programming.