Arts and the Community to be Explored in Daemen Culture Events

February 24, 2014

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Painting by panelist Gary Wolfe from his experience working with the homelessPainting by panelist Gary Wolfe from his experience working with the homeless

AMHERST, N.Y. -- The impact of the arts on the regional community will be explored at two Daemen College events being held March 5 as part of “Culture Now,” a series of symposia addressing issues facing the arts and culture in Western New York.

A staged reading of Kelly Brock’s play “Who Returned My Soul” will be presented by the Daemen Applied Theater Program at 3 p.m. in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge.

The reading is designed to forge a link between Holocaust survivors, whose memories and testimonies form the play, and the audience as a way to pass on these memories from one generation to the next. Co-sponsored by the Foundation for Holocaust Education Projects and the Poland Jewish Cemeteries, the event will demonstrate the healing power of theater as a way to help shape the collective memory of the community.

A public forum, “Art, Wellness and the Community,” at 6:30 p.m. in Rosary Hall will feature four leading practitioners who will speak on the ways in which the arts have benefited veterans, the homeless and cancer and Alzheimer’s patients. The forum, which is being is being sponsored by the Town of Amherst Arts and Culture in Public Places Board, is being hosted by the Daemen Duns Scotus Lecture Series and the Master’s Program in Arts Administration.

Panelists will include Jackie Albarella, art and veterans issues; Dana Jenkins, arts and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute; Mary Kozub, Alzheimer’s disease and the Burchfield Penney Art Center; and Gary Wolfe, homeless and the Urban Hope Center. Forum moderator will be Ted Pietrzak, former director of BPAC.

Hosted by the Daemen Arts Administration Program, the “Culture Now” events are free and open to the public. More information is available by calling 839-8212.

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