The Open Floors have been scheduled! We are so excited to be working with this group of co-curators and thank everyone who was part of the conversations leading up to the final decisions. Each Open Floor is different; all include food, social time and weaving in addition to the presentation. See you in October!
Fri, Oct. 6: Woman in Omaha OPEN FLOOR
Co-Curated by Jen Dawson and Beaufield Berry-Fisher
Performances 7 – 9pm (ticketed event) + open to the public after for Benson First Friday, 9 – 10:30pm
“What does it mean to be a woman in Omaha?” co-curators Beaufield Berry-Fisher and Jen Dawson pose the question to artists, performers and writers from diverse backgrounds, and invite you to hear their responses in the forms of 5-minute plays, poems, performances, and stories.
Mon, Oct. 9: INDIGENIST OPEN FLOOR, 5:30 – 8pm
Co-curated by Brittany Strong (Algonquin of Pikwakanagan) and Regina Emily Robbins (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)
Come for dinner, performances, and reflection on the woven narratives of Native women advocating for education, health and wellness in Omaha.
Sun, Oct. 15: Weaving Through Life OPEN FLOOR, 5:30 – 8pm
Co-curated by Jacquline Smith and Edem K. Garro
Are you a nurturer by nature? Take care of yourself and join us for a restorative evening of dinner, music, and mindful reflection. As a small gathering, this event requires a reservation.
Sat, Oct. 21: Caste Away OPEN FLOOR, 6 – 8:30pm
Co-curated by Michael Johnson and Rosana Ybarra
An evening of interactive performance and sculpture that examines our connectedness in work, power and authority.
Sat, Oct. 28: Violence, Women, and Fighting Back OPEN FLOOR, 5 – 7:30pm
Co-curated by Karin Campbell and Monica Maxwell
Hear from an amazing lineup of women sharing stories of hard truths, survival and resilience.
Proposed schedule for each Open Floor:
– food/drinks/social time/learn about the project
– more food/drinks/social time + weaving and reflection
Children and families are welcome– while we cannot offer childcare, we will try to accommodate for smaller children with coloring tables and acceptance of some level of disturbance. These are not formal events in that one must sit the entire time quietly and we’d love to have younger audiences feel welcome.