How are you feeling about the coming election and the state of our country? Need a safe, comfortable space to share your experiences and views, strong feelings, vulnerabilities, questions, confusion, and visions for the future, whatever they may be?
“Signs on My Neighbor’s Lawn: Hopes and Fears During Elections” is the theme for the Multicultural Network’s program on Tuesday evening, October 18 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Griffin Museum of Photography, 67 Shore Road.
The program will feature co-presenter True Story Theater, an improvisational theater group that has become popular in Arlington, Winchester, and other towns over the past few years. True Story’s mission is “to promote social healing through theater” through performances informed by the real-life stories and perspectives of audience members. These events create an empathetic and respectful atmosphere where any “voice can be heard and any story can be told.” Audience members will be invited to share their stories, worries or excitement about their political interest and passions or just enjoy and appreciate the dramatization of others’ stories.
“Regardless of where you are on the political spectrum, we all have hopes and fears in this election year and it is important for our community to share our differing perspectives in a respectful dialogue,” says Aba Taylor, the Multicultural Network’s Executive Director. “Sadly, the recently coined ‘Divided States of America’ couldn’t be more true in these times. As a strong believer in the power of personal stories, I think it is critical that we find ways to listen to each other’s political and cultural perspectives while continuing to stay in community with each other. With the Network’s mission to promote respect, appreciation and understanding of diverse experiences and viewpoints, we must find ways to embrace our neighbors no matter what side of the fence you find yourself on,” Taylor adds. “This event is not an evening of political debate or candidate-bashing, but rather a sharing of hopes and fears about our future.”
The program is free and all are welcome.
The Multicultural Network will offer a follow-up program this fall after the elections. More details will be coming soon.