Wood Library, Bristol Valley Theater, and the City of Canandaigua Equity and Diversity Task Force Present: Confronting Racism at Home

(Canandaigua, NY) – Wood Library, Bristol Valley Theater, and the City of Canandaigua Equity and Diversity Task Force present Confronting Racism at Home, a live theatrical presentation and discussion.  The program will take place on Friday, September 24, 2021, starting at 7:00PM, at Wood Library, 134 N Main St, Canandaigua, NY.

The free program – which is open to the public – will include three 10-minute skits performed by Bristol Valley Theater actors who will portray individuals confronting and discussing race in a family setting, a workplace, and in the community.  Following each scene, the audience will be engaged in a discussion led by Dr. Sim Covington, Chief Diversity Officer and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Finger Lakes Community College.  Audience members will be invited to describe how the scene made them feel and how the situation could have been handled differently. The actors will then replay the scene using recommendations from the audience.

Confronting Racism at Home is funded by a grant from Humanities New York which exists to strengthen civil society and the bonds of community, using the humanities to foster engaged inquiry and dialogue around social and cultural concerns.  The aim of the program is to help people see how race shapes their everyday interactions and gain some insight about how to establish more welcoming and inclusive relationships in the community.

Wood Library is a full-service community library serving everyone who resides in the Canandaigua City School District.  It offers exceptional public library service in a comfortable and safe environment where people can satisfy their curiosity, stimulate their imaginations, and connect to the local community and to the world.  Learn more at woodlibrary.org.

Bristol Valley Theater is a not-for-profit regional theater company based in Naples, NY with a mission to produce life-affirming theater for a diverse rural and regional audience, present a variety of performing arts, and training for young actors.  Learn more at bvtnaples.org

The City of Canandaigua Equity and Diversity Task Force supports local efforts to create a more equitable and welcoming community.