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Dear Friends & Patrons of the Arts,

Thank you, for visiting my website. I am excited to let you know about my upcoming production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf & Women of Color in the Arts Expo that I am producing and directing. The performance & expo will run for two days at the Albany Barn on September 28th & 29th 2018. In addition to the main stage production, the cast will perform readings in the early fall at local colleges. I will use my lifelong performing experience and my platform, to showcase this production to enrich the lives of the community and provide positive exposure for women of color in the arts.

This project is meaningful on many levels. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf was written by Ntozake Shange and premiered at the Booth Theater in NYC in 1976. The play is written as a choreopoem and weaves dance, music and dramatic monologues to tell the story of 7 different women of color. The stories are relatable to both men & women of all colors, but specifically to women who are marginalized in society by their color and cultural background. The stories are told in a way that is beautiful & empowering; they are socially relevant and speak of issues that often take the back seat. This is a performance that gets to the heart of human emotions, cracks them wide open and allows the audience to connect to the reality of how things fall apart or how they heal. 

The Women of Color in the Arts Expo is my brain child to give back to the community by giving women of color a chance to be showcased and not put on the back burner. Visual artists, musicians, moving artists, artisan crafters, and a DJ will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in a supportive and inspired setting. It will be an enjoyable event for all who attend and a memorable weekend to inspire inclusive artistic exposure. It is of utmost importance to have your support through this process as I reach the pivotal stage in this  production of beginning auditions, hiring actors and working with others to develop the expo line-up. I am reaching out to you to ask for you to consider making a donation to this project. Your support is greatly needed to keep this event moving forward. 

Giving life to this production is something that has been on my heart for over 9 years and it is so needed in our community to foster growth and awareness, but I cannot do it without your help. My expenses for the production include, but are not limited to: licensing fees to use the published material for both productions and the local readings, travel, set, costumes, actors salaries, professional fees, crew, pianist for the production, insurance to cover the production, programs, flyers, staff, graphic design and any expenses that are incurred for the expo. This event cannot happen without your support. The deadline for donating is June 1st 2018.

Your support means the world to me and it’s necessary for making more space for women of color in the arts to be seen and heard. Please donate in whatever capacity you can. Art is powerful and you have the opportunity to be a part of something that will help others and activate social awareness. Your donation is a vital part of this process and I cannot thank you enough.

You can donate by credit card online at the link below:

https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/FiscalSponsorship/profile?id=17198

The production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf & Women of Color in the Arts Expo is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of  The production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf & Women of Color in the Arts Expo must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” and are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Thank you in advance for your generous support. I cannot say thank you enough! You are appreciated more than you know!

Sincerely,

Meg Affonso

Producer/Director/Performer

Production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf & Women of Color in the Arts Expo

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