Penumbra Theatre at 40
PENUMBRA THEATRE AT 40:
ART, RACE, AND A NATION ON STAGE
Opens February 18, 2017
Closes July 30, 2017
On view at the Minnesota History Center
For hours and directions visit minnesotahistorycenter.org
For 40 years Penumbra Theatre has illuminated the power, potency, and pride of black life and culture. Founded in 1976 by Lou Bellamy, Penumbra activates social change through extraordinary art, education, and community programs authentically grounded in the African American experience. Celebrated both locally and nationally, the theater has launched the careers of many respected playwrights and introduced Minnesota audiences to 34 premier voices, including two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner August Wilson. Penumbra’s role in shaping the ecology of Twin Cities’ arts is immeasurable: in 1976, black artists were relegated to small or stereotypical roles – today, black talent can be seen on professional stages throughout Minnesota.
Opening in February 2017, the Penumbra Theatre at 40 exhibit commemorates Penumbra’s 40th anniversary with a rare, behind- the-scenes look at the tenacity, vision, and talent that made this art come alive. Celebrate the nation’s largest and preeminent African American theater company, right in your backyard. See the original scripts, props, costumes, set pieces, and photographs that document the epic journey of this company and the people who sustain it. Dig deep and join Penumbra Theatre in its unwavering commitment to artistic excellence and social justice.
Penumbra Theatre at 40 is organized by the Minnesota History Center in partnership with Penumbra Theatre Company, the Givens Collection of African American Literature at the University of Minnesota Libraries, and Umbra: Search African American History. Funding for this exhibit is made possible in part by the Legacy Amendment, thanks to the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008, who provided a gift for future generations.
BECOME A NEXT
Join our movement to create transformational change for individuals and communities! A gift in any amount supports vital preparatory work for our next lifecycle as a performing arts campus and center for racial healing. Your donation will go directly to supporting artists of color as we develop the holistic programming that Penumbra will offer.
Members will receive:
• Special access to virtual readings and workshops by artists
• Guided meditations and reflections to support healing
• Opportunities to participate in the planning process
• News about the Penumbra Center for Racial Healing
A donation in any amount helps to sustain our company and grow our impact in the community. Donate online or by calling 651.224.3180 today.
“As an institution that has been serving our community for more than four decades, the Penumbra Center for Racial Healing will be a beacon for all of us as we move through these uncertain times towards a brighter future for our children and grandchildren.”