Unleashing Our Art
For Social Change
Today, under Artistic Director Sarah Bellamy’s leadership, we are evolving into our next life cycle: a performing arts campus and center for racial healing that nurtures black artists, advances equity, and facilitates wellness for individuals and community.
Art is at the heart of this vision. More than a transactional exchange between artists and patrons, it intentionally blurs the lines between artists and audiences to foster shared vision and beloved community. Creative expression and social practice is the way: a way of being in the world, of rescuing and rehabilitating one another, of practicing civic engagement and breaking toxic patterns and ways of relating, of building more compassionate and equitable communities.
The vision is guided by Bellamy’s theoretical framework that will guide all curricular development program design and strategy building for the center. The dynamic flow between these three elements creates resiliency, addresses harm, and emboldens leadership. Inside it is a structure for consciousness raising, empowerment, restoration, skills building, and action planning:
Acknowledge. Engage with historic abuse and trauma.
Attend. Detoxify our bodies and tend to the vulnerable.
Address. Address racial inequity with responsible, informed action.
“I’m super-excited about Penumbra’s next life cycle that will combine the theatre and a learning center–a place that allows for questioning, reflecting and understanding.”
—Phyllis Goff, Supporter