Activate (Be)longing

A choral/hip-hop theatre work about coming of age in an age of guns, (Be)longing is coming to New Haven in 2017 as part of the Festival. Created by Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis at the Center for the Arts at VirginiaTech, (Be)longing has grown into a national initiative asking how we recover from violence and prevent its recurrence. Activate (Be)longing is a series of events leading up to the Festival and during the performances of (Be)longing intended to expand the conversation and experience beyond the performance.

Through Activate (Be)longing we hope to connect individuals and groups who share a passion for keeping young people alive.

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The Arts & Ideas high school Fellowship students are teaming up with Citywide Youth Coalition to present a Town Hall discussion as part of "Activate (Be)longing."

Thu, June 8, 2017, 5:30pm

New Haven Free Public Library Ives Branch

ACTIVATE (BE)LONGING: The Every 28 Hours Plays: New Haven

Long Wharf Theatre, Collective Consciousness, BlackLivesMatter NHV, People Against Police Brutality, SURJ, SCSU, Elm Shakes

The Every 28 Hours Plays is a national project focused on the current Civil Rights movement. The title came from the widely shared and contested statistic that every twenty-eight hours a black person is killed by vigilante, security guard, or the police in the United States. The project consists of around 70+ one minute plays and original local content with participation from artists across the nation.

Thu, May 4, 2017, 7:00pm  Details
3 hrs

ACTIVATE (BE)LONGING: Fair Haven Pop-Up Festival

with Ballet Haven, Fair Haven School

Performances by Ballet Haven and students from Fair Haven School, in response to the question: "How can we stop gun violence in our community?"

Sat, June 3, 2017, 3:00pm  Details
30 min

ACTIVATE (BE)LONGING: Explore the Song in You

with Musical Intervention

Explore the song in you to inspire the world. Participants will be involved in a three hour session dedicated to learning an instrument, writing a song and recording it. Participants will learn a basic chord progression in the first hour. The group will come together and by using the chord progression they will develop lyrics and melody. When then song is birthed, the group will record the song.

Wed, June 14, 2017, 5:00pm  Details
3 hrs

ACTIVATE (BE)LONGING: Life after Death: Healing from Grief and Loss

Citywide Youth Coalition, Inc., International Arts & Ideas Festival, and Aaron Jafferis

Join the Citywide Youth Coalition, Inc, International Arts & Ideas Festival, and Aaron Jafferis (writer of (Be)longing) to bring together youth, community activists, healers, and mental health professionals for a night of discussion on life after loss. As a continuation to the Dinner and Dialogue discussion Survival of the Fittest: Youth, Guns, and the American Culture of Violence, "Life after Death" is a forum to explore healing practices (i.e. restorative circles, small group discussion, and reiki) in effort to identify ways to heal ourselves.

Tue, June 20, 2017, 5:30pm  Details
2 hrs