RIDE is a staged reading and community conversation about public transit and related community issues in South Fayetteville.
This reading is one of three productions of the Southside Civic Lab – The Artist’s Laboratory Theatre’s performance series and community effort to use theatre and other art interventions as tools of building awareness around community issues relevant to South Fayetteville. Fundamental to the community effort of the Southside Civic Lab is the network of Neighborhood Ambassadors who live in South Fayetteville. Their work, perspectives, and extensive research are crucial to this project.
Written based off of conversations with residents reliant on public transit and extensive, experiential research of the public transit system, this staged reading is of a script in development to be staged in February 23-25 and March 2-3, 2018 throughout South Fayetteville in site-specific locations – offstage performance locations relevant to the residents of the community. Neighborhood Ambassadors played a key role in building the research for this project, with several of them riding bus routes and documenting their experiences.
The reading will be followed by an art show of photography that documents the state of bus stops in South Fayetteville, a community vote on a new bus stop, and a community conversation with invited community leaders to discuss public transit, homelessness, and all issues highlighted in the production.
Invited community leaders include: Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick of the University of Arkansas Department of Sociology, Director of the Community and Family Institute and Jones Chair in Community; Jessica Andrews, Chief Executive Officer at 7Hills Homeless Shelter; Angela Belford, Member of Board of Directors for Continuum of Care; and Quinn Childress, Member of Board of Directors for the Yvonne Richardson Community Center.
RIDE, and all productions of the Southside Civic Lab, are made possible with the generous support of Mid America Arts Alliance, Walton Family Foundation, and Walmart.