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CPG’s Directors talk about art from the Black perspective.

Join CPG for virtual events coming up!

The Charlottesville Players Guild’s mission is to ensure a safe space for Black artists to learn, expand and grow. We’ve been hit hard by COVID-19. To help us keep our doors open, we’re holding a fundraiser. A virtual performance of Radio Golf by August Wilson July 25 at 8PM.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/radio-golf-by-august-wilson-fundraiser-tickets-111712840112

We are scheduling our next Black Theatrical Voice class for August. Keep watching this space.

The Black Theatrical Voice in Western, American theater is often drowned out. Though misunderstood, appropriated, or altogether abandoned, the notion that Black theater is inherently different than Western theater is still true. Many may know the works of August Wilson, but they may not be aware of how his work was influenced by other Black culture and plays that came before him, nor how Wilson’s work has influenced more modern Black theater. This class is for those in the theater community who seek to educate themselves about the wide range of Black theater through the themes and eyes of August Wilson, including acting approach, play history and performance, and–perhaps most importantly–maintaining the integrity of Black culture within white theatrical spaces.

If you missed the first of four concerts celebrating Black music to benefit Eko Ise, we’re sorry. But you can buy the CD!!

All proceeds go to Eko Ise.

The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center bridges the social and cultural gaps that can lead to a divided city. Through our exhibitions, k-12 programs, lecture series, and public events, JSAAHC:

  • Allows visitors to consider how untold narratives impact the efficacy of America’s founding principles.
  • Serves as an incubator of resources and research for questions of race relations in the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Adds a unique and essential dimension to the cultural diversity of the City of Charlottesville.
  • Transforms our collective understandings of our past in order to effectively step into our future.