Join us on December 17 at 5:00 PM for an in-depth panel discussion into the themes and topics of Dot. Hosted by Marc Steiner (WEAA's The Marc Steiner Show).
This event is FREE for subscribers! Non-subscriber tickets are just $5.
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MINING THE MAGIC OF MEMORY
It is easy to think that our finest or most life altering moments will never be forgotten. However, with time and age, memories often shift or fade on their own. In addition, having Alzheimer’s or supporting a loved one with the disease can make memory loss frightening and overwhelming. Dot, the main character in our current production, understood the power and magic of memories and does her best to leave her grandson with a few moments to mine. Join us for a discussion on the power of memory, the importance of documenting those fleeting moments and learn a few ways to leave a little memory magic for generations to come.
Temple Crocker has been making original performances that foster experimentation and collaboration for over twenty years. She is a founding member of two theatre ensembles: Strangefruit in San Francisco and Woof Nova in New York and has worked as performer and designer with other artists including playwright/directors Richard Foreman, Mark Jackson and Juanita Rockwell. She has been honored with Bay Area Critics Circle award nominations for best direction, sound and costume design. Her work has been funded by the Zellerbach Family Fund, the SF CASH grant and the lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Temple is a certified facilitator of TimeSlips, a storytelling method developed specifically for people living with dementia related memory loss. Most recently Temple received a Baltimore Ruby grant for Come Shining, a performance developed in partnership with Springwell Senior Living Center, exploring the transformative process of the aging mind and spirit. Temple is also a part-time professor in the Department of Theatre at UMBC.
Reverend Barry Kennard Hargrove has been the Pastor of the The Prince of Peace Baptist Church of Baltimore, Maryland since 2006. Under his leadership, the church has experienced a growth in membership and increased its scope of ministry. Under the motto, “We are a church determined to pursue our potential in Christ,” Pastor Hargrove has developed ministries to address the spiritual, emotional, educational and health needs of the congregation and the surrounding community. Currently, he is leading the efforts to raise awareness about environmental justice, healthy food habits in East Baltimore and working in coalition with other faith leaders to restore a spirit of safety and security to the city of Baltimore. He is currently a Chaplain with the Baltimore Police Department.
As a two-time kidney recipient, he serves as a spokesperson and religious affairs advisor for the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland and is on the Board of Directors of the Living Legacy Foundation. In addition, Pastor Hargrove is the President of the Progressive Baptist Convention of Maryland, a part of the executive committee of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Maryland, represents the state of Maryland on the national steering committee of the African American Ministers Leadership Council and is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Pastor Hargrove currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland and in the process of writing his first book which will share his experiences of living with chronic illness, navigating the healthcare system and keeping a strong faith in the midst of it all.
Ernestine Jones Jolivet considers herself a health advocate since her mother died from Alzheimer’s disease and her father from vascular dementia. From the time her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s her family has worked relentlessly to help bring awareness to the African American community about this devastating disease that affects African Americans disproportionately. Ernestine knows that knowledge is power so decided that education was the best way to help her community. When her parents died a request to family and friends was made to give a monetary donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in lieu of flowers. Thus began the Jones family efforts to help educate the community about this disease that robs people of their memories. The first Caregivers conference in 1992 was held with the funds from her mother’s passing. When her father passed monetary donations along with the contributions and resources from Alzheimer’s Association, Coppin State University, Helene Fuld School of Nursing and Johns Hopkins Medicine and others, The Pythias A. and Virginia I. Jones African American Community Forum on Memory Loss was established. This forum is free and open to the public. We commemorated our 10th anniversary with a poster entitled “Now and Forever” created by artist Larry “Poncho” Brown to represent the commitment a family makes to a loved one struggling with memory loss. Losing both her parents to dementia, Ernestine knows her steps have been ordered by God to be a health advocate. Her goal is one day to see a world without Alzheimer’s.
Ursula Populoh is an artist who is often inspired by the techniques and imagery found in Folk traditions of many countries, most notably of Germany and her home state of Bavaria. “I am moved when I encounter a piece of art that shows a deep appreciation of a people’s traditions be they sacred or secular. Many communities have drawn from these traditions for their storytelling. Storytelling can take many forms: it can be in pictures, costumes, songs, dance to name a few; and people use storytelling to give them a visual presence. And to keep their memories alive.” Populah is approaching her 75th birthday. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2015.