First Presbyterian Church of Beacon,

McKinley Hall, 50 Liberty St., Beacon, NY

No Admission Charge - Refreshments & Discussion

Doors  Open 7pm



 

Friday, June 10, 2016

AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS plunges us into
Boggs’s lifetime of vital thinking and action, traversing the major U.S. social movements of the
last century: from labor to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and
environmental justice movements and beyond. Boggs’s constantly evolving strategy – her
willingness to re-evaluate and change tactics in relation to the world shifting around her – drives
the story forward. Angela Davis, Bill Moyers, Bill Ayers, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Danny
Glover, Boggs’s late husband James and a host of Detroit comrades across three generations
help shape this uniquely American story. As she wrestles with a Detroit in ongoing transition,
contradictions of violence and non-violence, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, the 1967
rebellions, and non-linear notions of time and history, Boggs emerges with an approach that is
radical in its simplicity and clarity: revolution is not an act of aggression or merely a protest.
Revolution, Boggs says, is about something deeper within the human experience – the ability to
transform oneself to transform the world.

Dear President Obama

American Revolutionary | The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Friday,  April 28, 2017

RTA founder and executive director Katherine Vockins will lead a discussion after the screening she will be joined by Charles Moore

Dear President Obama

Dramatic Escape transports viewers into the lives of a group of maximum security prisoners who are attempting to mount a behind-bars stage production of A Few Good Men at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in upstate New York. Tracing the journey from auditions through curtain call, viewers witness the inmates’ development as individuals and as an ensemble. Personal stories and candid accounts of the crimes that landed them in prison are interwoven with everyday struggles and philosophical considerations of the nature of redemption.  Through creative expression in theater, dance, voice, writing, and visual art, the Rehabilitation Through the Arts  (RTA) program gives the men the opportunity to learn social and cognitive skills that act as a springboard to education, family reconciliation, and ultimately, successful re-integration into community life, reducing recidivism to a rate significantly lower than the national average. RTA's mission is to use the transformative power of the arts to develop social and cognitive skills that prisoners need for successful reintegration into the community. The organization began in 1996, with the presentation of a single original play solely for the prison population at Sing Sing.  RTA now produces a major play at Sing Sing each year attended by over 250 guests; over the past 20 years, thousands of community members have been amazed by the humanity they discovered behind the walls. Today, RTA serves 200 prisoners at any one time, teaching in at least one facility every day of the week, year-round. More than 30 arts facilitators travel to remote prisons in three New York State counties to teach a wide variety of artistic media

Friday, June 10, 2016

Friday,  May 26, 2017

DRAMATIC ESCAPE

The following is a youtube about the RTA Program

Movies That Matter Beacon