“Keeping It 100” — Challenging School Segregation
Presentation of Laundry City, Written and Performed by NYC Students
Hosted by The Forum @ St. Ann’s
Tuesday, May 30, 6:30 pm
The Forum @ St. Ann’s will host a performance of Laundry City, a show about school integration that was conceived, written and performed by NYC high school youth from the arts leadership program Epic NEXT.
Presented in partnership with New York Appleseed and The Century Foundation – organizations on the forefront of education policy – the performance will take place on Tuesday, May 30, at 6:30 pm in the historic sanctuary of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church. The event is free and open to the public.
The New York City school district is the most segregated in the country. Laundry City makes the case for school integration policies that benefit all young people through what EPIC describes as “a hilarious and provocative exploration of what ‘separate but equal’ means to us today.”
The 40-minute piece will be introduced by St. Ann’s parishioners David Tipson, New York Appleseed executive director, and Halley Potter Taylor, a Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation. Tipson and Taylor each have written extensively on and advocate for reversing policies that disproportionately favor white students in the New York City school system. In their remarks, they will place the matter of school integration in a broader context of the values espoused by people of faith.
A reception will follow. A freewill offering will be invited to support the sponsoring organizations and future Forum @ St. Ann’s programming. All are encouraged to attend what promises to be a truly educational and enjoyable evening.
The Forum @ St. Ann’s is a parish initiative that seeks to engage the wider community in thoughtful and timely conversations about art, ideas and civic life. Organized by volunteers, the Forum has mounted a series of successful art exhibitions, film screenings, poetry and book readings, panel discussions, and recitals.