CLIMB Theater’s Feeling History visits Ely April 26; free VCC event

Feeling History is a deeply interactive performance that explores America’s history of racism and how it continues to shape the experience of Black Americans. In this theatrical history experience, audience members embark on a guided journey from slavery to today. Actors use monologues, scenes, slides, music, sound, and pointed interaction to help audiences intellectually and emotionally understand individual and institutional racism in a way that may well move them closer to each other and someday, perhaps, even to actions that will help end racism. 
Feeling History will be performed at the Vermilion Community College Gymnasium on Wednesday, April 26 at 6 p.m.  The performance is free and open to the public.  Funding is provided in part by the Minnesota State Arts Board.
For 40 years, CLIMB Theatre, an award-winning touring company based in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, has been a leader in innovative theatre programs. Their mission is to create and perform plays, classes, and other creative works that inspire and propel people–especially young people–toward actions that benefit themselves, each other, and the community. CLIMB Theatre’s extensive reach touches 150,000+ audience members annually.
According to CLIMB Theatre, the educational objectives of Feeling History are:
• To create a deep understanding that inequality and racism came about as a rationalization for slavery.
• To create an emotional understanding of the abuse and inequality experienced by African Americans through slavery.
• To provide brief information regarding slavery, the Civil War, convict leasing, peonage, chain gangs, sharecropping, the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th Amendment, the Dred Scott Decision, Reconstruction, Jim Crow laws, the Fair Housing Act, Brown vs. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Movement.
• To differentiate and define individual racism and institutional racism.
Feeling History is sponsored by Vermilion’s Access Opportunity Success (AOS) Diversity Program. For more information, contact Patti Zupancich, AOS Diversity Director at 218-235-2166 or Patricia.Zupancich@vcc.edu. To learn more visit www.climb.org.