SmalltownsBIGARTISTS (STBA) Little’s will be producing a local kids performance to debut summer 2020.This will be STBA’s 4th production via assistance from the KCAC grant. STBA is a local music collective made up of musicians, poets, technicians, producer’s and Deejay's.
I, along with other community organizations would like to present a project here where kids can act, record, sing, dance and put on an original production at one of our local theaters. The kids will attend short workshops in acting, rapping, dancing etc with the appropriate mentor for each workshop. At the end of the sessions the kids will present an original production highlighting Chestertown’s African American business owners atmosphere before the littles were born. Then transition into the current culture of the littles. Sort of a local time travel but on stage.
STBA works essentially the same as the littles just with adults. STBA strives to educate the collective Big and small on protecting and collecting from their musical works. STBA will assist STBA Little’s throughout this project I would like to provide snacks, transportation to and from workshops, supplies for activities etc. throughout the 5 weeks of workshops. Lot’s of our local kid’s are interested in the art’s but due to transportation and/or funding are not able to participate or locate these activities in our rural area.
Deliverables: STBA Little’s will deliver a dramatized interpretation of past and present local African American entrepreneurship culture, through performing arts expression. Expressions will be complied from the historical content( provided by Catherine Swinson) and other community members. At least 15 Little’s will be in participation as well as 10 adult members of STBA for assistance.
The Little’s will keep journals throughout the workshops which will be tied into their performances. The Little’s will write about there struggles and triumphs. Most of the Little’s are from low income backgrounds. I want to instill expression of emotions in positive and creative ways. The Little’s will welcome children of any age from 5 and up.
Statement of Goals:
To engage creative community efforts and talents from all age groups.
To connect those in need to local resources.
To revive and relive our towns historical culture.
To create a lasting music collective to fill creative and community needs.
To debate and create from local community voids.
- Steve Payne
- Francoise Sullivan