Arts & Community Dialogue Series

Presented through a partnership of the Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge Arts, and The City of Cambridge. All events in the series are free and open to the public.

Shades of Beauty: Colorism And Skin Color Values


The historical background on colorism, prejudice, and discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group is a topic of discussion in the communities of color as well as within the general population. This dialogues will use theater as a medium to both illuminate and kick-off a community dialogue on this topic.

Shades of Beauty: Colorism and Skin Color Values video by 22-CityView!

Full performance and discussion linked below

Envisioning: What Could 'Getting A Real Education' Really Mean?

MARCH 14 at 7PM

With parents, youth and educators weighing in on the topic of what types of skills children need, and how we measure those skill sets, this issue is being debated within every city and state across the US. Alternative proposals and ideas have surfaced and need to be explored if we are to raise critical thinkers who can think outside of the box and beyond the scope that can be measured by a simplistic multiple choice approach.

On The For Real Side: Why We Cling To Racism And All That Other Divisive Stuff

MAY 30 at 7PM

For some, who believe we have made significant progress in dealing with racism, things are looking better. However, for many others who believe that we still have a way to go, we need to address the ways in which we consciously and unconsciously reinforce thinking patterns and behaviors that sets us all back.


Janis A. Pryor adapts for the stage a portion of her newest novel, Dinner With Trixie, the south settles an old score with the north, which dissects the hypocrisy of the north regarding racism. Two very wealthy white families, the Grants from the south and the Capwells from the north settle an old score that has tied their families together for two hundred years. In the early 1800s, the Capwells discovered, as a result of doing business together, that the southern patriarch, Alistair Grant, had two children with his housekeeper, a slave named Kate, after the death of his first wife. The Capwells have been blackmailing the Grants right up to current times until the new CEO of Grant Family Companies, Charlotte Alison Grant, a.k.a Trixie, a direct descendant of Alistair Grant, discovers and stops annual payments of a million dollars to Capwell Enterprises, now run by Jeanette Capwell Davidson.


Former political operative and long time resident of Cambridge, MA has turned to writing to voice her ongoing observations and opinions about the complexity of racism in our society. Dinner With Trixie, the south settles an old score with the north, a novel, is her latest effort. Although no longer a resident of Cambridge, Pryor served on the leadership committee of the Anti-Racism Team at Trinity Church Boston for ten years. After thirty years of working in politics and media, she has returned to her first loves, writing and the visual arts. Dinner With Trixie... is her second book. Anticipated publication is late this year. Her first book, a memoir, White Roses..., is available on Her work is represented by Canton Literary Management.


The facilitated dialogue that will follow this play will be lead by Pryor and will include the cast and creative team.

Chasing The American Dream: Immigration Stories

JUNE 13 at 7PM

Generations of newly arrived citizens have told their stories. Coming to America with nothing, but believing this to be a land of opportunity, many have done well and thrive. The more recent waves of immigrants are not experiencing America in the same way as the millions who came before them. Why? What’s changed?


This event brings experts from the new play Here and There by Ginger Lazarus to the Multicultural Arts Center. Vincent Ernest Siders will direct and members of Central Square Theater’s Youth Underground will perform. Central Square Theater's Youth Underground is an ensemble that creates and performs original theater that investigates social issues relevant to young people. The pieces are created through a series of interviews with the community, and this year the focus is on immigration. Here and There portrays real stories of individuals and families who have come to Massachusetts from all over the world. Hear the voices of immigrants as well as their children, neighbors, classmates, teachers, and advocates, as they share reflections about navigating unfamiliar cultures, building community, and making a new place called home. 


A facilitated community dialogue will follow the performance.


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