- A KIDS PLAY ABOUT RACISM
A KIDS PLAY ABOUT RACISM
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(on-demand, 30-minute virtual play)
A groundbreaking online performance for children that explains what racism is, how to know it when you see and experience it, and ideas for what you can do about it.
Des Moines Performing Arts joins a groundbreaking collaboration among 41 Theatres for Young Audiences across the United States, led by the lead producing team of Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, to present the virtual premiere of A Kids Play About Racism, a theatrical adaptation of Jelani Memory’s A Kids Book About Racism.
This new work is adapted and directed by award-winning director and TYA artist Khalia Davis and is brought to life by an entirely Black and BIPOC cast and creative team from across the United States. A Kids Play About Racism utilizes theatre to offer young children and families a way to engage in meaningful conversation about race. As part of the production, educational materials developed by Seattle Children’s Theatre in collaboration with the Northwest African American Museum extend the experience and enhance age-appropriate engagement.
A Kids Play About Racism is available to educators and home educators across the country for free through May 2021.
Self-Awareness: Integrate personal and social identities; Identify one’s emotions; Link feelings, values, and thoughts; Examine prejudices and biases
Social-Awareness: Take others’ perspectives; Demonstrate empathy and compassion; Show concern for the feelings of others; Identify diverse social norms, including unjust ones
Behavioral Sciences: Recognize the Interaction Between the Individual and Various Groups
Informational Text: Key Ideas and Details; Craft and Structure; Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Responding: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work; Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences with art
How long is the show? 30 minutes
How many times can I view it? Once you gain access, as many times as you wish!
What is the last day I can view it? May 2021
Can I preview the show? What is the show like? While we cannot grant preview access to the show, it stays loyal to the subjects covered by the book. We suggest you watch the book here before watching the show.
You can also watch clips and previews of the show here.
Do you have any supplemental material to accompany the show? Yes! We have an Active Audience Guide with activities for Pre K - 5th grade students, and tools to help you continue the conversation around racism.
We also have interviews, recorded workshops, and clips of the show here.
ON-DEMAND, VIRTUAL PLAY
Streaming now through May 2021
Des Moines Performing Arts is proud to offer this education opportunity at no cost to participants.
BOOK DISCOUNT FOR VIEWERS
A Kids Book About, Inc. has offered viewers a discount code of $5 off the book A KIDS BOOK ABOUT RACISM when purchased through their website. Use code KIDSPLAY
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- Brittney, Waukee High School