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MISSION The Performance Project is an arts community of many ages and ancestries that engages young people in intensive artistic training, inter-generational mentoring, leadership development, and community building through the arts. VISION The Performance Project envisions a world in which all people strive for personal and social liberation, where all individuals and cultures are honored, embrace interconnectedness, and we all are free to achieve our full potential.
THE PERFORMANCE PROJECT- The Performance Project (TPP) began in September of 2000 as a theater and movement workshop at the Hampshire Jail and House of Corrections in Northampton, MA. Eight men incarcerated at the Jail collaborated with visual and theater artist, Julie Lichtenberg and dancer/choreographer, Amie Dowling, to create an original performance piece based on the group’s experiences and ideas. From 2000 to 2006, TPP created original performances at the jail, led theater workshops for women at the Hampden County Jail and for incarcerated youth. In 2004, established an "outside" performance company, comprised of members coming out of incarceration collaborating.
FIRST GENERATION - First Generation engages young people in artistic training, inter-generational mentoring, leadership development, social justice and community building through the arts. First Gen members may be the first in their family to grow up in the US, to speak English, to graduate high school, go to college, be openly LGBT+, be incarcerated, to be drug free, be an activist, break a silence, among many other firsts. Participants create original multi-lingual theater. Our plays have been performed in schools, colleges, theaters, summits and conferences throughout Western Massachusetts, and at two international theater festivals.
VISUAL ARTS - Visual Art Residencies bring our artistic and community building process to youth who are incarcerated and in treatment.