Spoken Word and Multimedia Theatre Duo Addresses Complex Social Issues
The spoken word and multimedia duo, Climbing PoeTree, returns to campus on Wednesday, March 27, as part of the Wellesley Wednesday series. The duo's powerful performances and engaging workshops use creativity and expression to address complex issues such as injustice, the environment, and women’s empowerment.
According to Alden Griffith, assistant professor of environmental studies, the event "will encourage the Wellesley community to connect environmental issues with social issues, and take more creative and critical look at our world, exposing both opportunities and challenges."
The program will include a performance at 12:30 p.m. in Tishman Commons (lunch provided), a reception from 3 to 4 p.m. at Harambee House, and a workshop from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Tishman Commons, focusing on “Art as Activism” (dinner provided). The workshop will explore art as tools for social movements, community organizing, campaign strategy, and collective healing. All events are free and open to the public.
Climbing PoeTree focuses performing, teaching, and activism through a critical lens to advocate for a more just and compassionate world. Brooklyn-based Alixa and Naima are poets, performers, print-makers, dancers, muralists, and designers who aim to “overcome destruction with creativity.” Through performances and workshops, they explore diverse and challenging themes including the multiple faces and facets of injustice, women’s empowerment, and the intersection of violence, healing, and the sprit.