Amplifying Black Brilliance celebrates the richness of heritage within the African diaspora through creative expression, cultural appreciation, education, and mentorship! This is a free community program hosted by Bristol Riverside Theatre’s Education Department in partnership with No Longer Bound and the African American Historical and Cultural Society of Bucks County. Youth dive into the heartbeat of communication and music through one of the oldest surviving African American objects. The African drum. Further sparking learning, the African American Historical and Cultural Society of Bucks County has curated books for children participating in Amplifying Black Brilliance.

In acting classes learners create monologues inspired by their research of influential Black Americans in history. With the wisdom and guidance of Louise Davis, program participants examine the life and courage of one of America’s greatest heroes, Harriet Tubman. Ms. Davis is a relative of Harriet Tubman and trailblazer of African American history & culture.

Amplifying Black Brilliance Showcase

Date: March 18th

Location: BRT Rehearsal Studio, 201 Cedar St, Bristol, PA (green building)

Time: 6:30pm

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, masks are preferred for participants and audience members during the Amplifying Black Brilliance showcase on March 18th.

Amplifying Black Brilliance Program Details 2022!

Classes will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 1-March 18, 2022.

(Program dates for Amplifying Black Brilliance are tentative based on the ever-changing safety guidelines regarding COVID-19.
We are working with guidelines from the CDC, Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Bucks County Health Department to develop the most comprehensive plan to keep program participants and staff safe.
Please continue to monitor our website for the latest program updates.)

Location: 5616 Mitchell Road, Levittown, PA 19057

Class Times: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30p.m.
Students participate in two classes.

Cost: FREE!

Registration: Closed

Classes offered in person, COVID-19 safety precautions required.

Congrats to all youth in The Amplifying Black Brilliance Program. We look forward to seeing you in 2022!

History of Amplifying Black Brilliance

In March 2021, ArtRageous and No Longer Bound teamed up to launch the Amplifying Black Brilliance program. This program centers and amplifies the voices of Black youth through the platforms of poetry, drama, and hip hop dance. Youth engaged twice a week virtually in educational activities focused on Black history, culture, and heritage. For eight weeks with the guidance of highly accomplished teaching artists, learners participated in acting, poetry and hip hop dance classes. Young people worked together as an ensemble to create original group and individual poems focused on confidence and healthy self-esteem building.

In acting class participants wrote and acted in original scenes inspired from African proverbs. Through physical exploration in Hip hop dance class students activated their poems physically and learned choreography exploring the historical and social roots of dance in African American culture. On May 7, 2021 students celebrated their achievements with family and friends by presenting their showcase through a community film screening via Zoom.

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