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      Boundaries and Bridges Festival

      Theatrical Bridges: A Theatre and Film Workshop

      Boundaries and Bridges Festival comes to Widener

      Boundaries and Bridges aims to strengthen and support arts collaboration in the city of Chester.

      Widener University and Chester community members gathered in Alumni Auditorium to see the culmination of “Theatrical Bridges: A Theater and Film Workshop and Festival,” which was one of the final events for Boundaries and Bridges, an initiative funded by a Catalyst Fund from the Barra Foundation, which aimed to strengthen and support arts collaboration in the city of Chester.

      As part of the initiative, workshops were offered to catalyze and encourage new collaborative possibilities and artistic interventions that strengthen or build new bridges. The festival tied a number of these projects together.

      More than 115 people attended the April 8 performance to see the final theater and film pieces that were created during the workshops, which began March 18 with an introductory lesson to concepts of theater and film.

      Festival

      Drawing a Crowd

      115+ attend the April 8 festival.

      Groups of Widener students and Chester residents worked together to create original theater and film pieces with the theme of boundaries and bridges for the festival. Each group was assigned a mentor to assist it throughout the festival.

      The festival opened with a poetry reading by Stephanie Perez, a Chester community member, titled “The Bridge that Time Forgot.” Following that was the first viewing of the Boundaries and Bridges Documentary.

      At intermission, free snacks were provided by the coordinators of “Sowing Good Seeds,” LaNoana Odom and Bonita Taylor, a project that was funded by Boundaries and Bridges with the goal of educating youth and adults on healthy living.

      Festival

      Showcasing art and culture

      As part of the Bridges and Boundaries initiative, workshops were offered to catalyze and encourage new collaborative possibilities and artistic interventions that strengthen or build new bridges. The festival tied a number of these projects together.

      There were also eight short films shown that were created throughout the festival. They covered a variety of topics in both comedic and dramatic formats. The students and community members all put a lot of time into each of the productions. The message of Chester was a big take away from each of these pieces – including what people want others to know about the city, and what they would change.

      The night concluded with a spoken word performance by Sunni Tarver, a psychology major at Widener, and a facilitated discussion by Ulysses “Butch” Slaughter, a project manager for Chester Made, who served as a mentor throughout the workshops.

      Upcoming Boundaries and Bridges events include a reading on April 18 and Making Your Art, Making Your Life: Resources & Tools for Chester Artists” on April 25 at the MJ Freed Theater.


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