Here at Overture, we’re working hard to make sure that our organization is as welcoming, inclusive, and diverse as it can be.
Following the 2014 release of the Wisconsin Council on Children & Families’ Race to Equity Report on the state of racial disparities in Dane County, Overture was inspired to create and implement a rigorous, comprehensive, and measurable plan of action to affirm our commitment to diversity and inclusion in both our programming and within our workplace.
Overture has a responsibility to the community and to our stakeholders to ensure that what we see on the stage is truly a reflection of the society in which we live and the humanity that we share. Thus, with the backing of the Overture Center Foundation (OCF) Board of Directors and Overture President and CEO Ted DeDee, we have begun to implement our Racial Equality Initiative here at Overture.
To that end, Dr. Edward S. Holmes joined the Overture staff in 2016 as Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Since then, Dr. Holmes has conducted deliberate outreach to diverse communities of Madison, and created opportunities for young people to be a part of Overture audiences and engage with artists ranging from Patti LaBelle to Maraca & His Latin Jazz All Stars to Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
“We are just getting started,” said Dr. Holmes. “Using the arts as a catalyst for change isn’t something new, but using the full spectrum of resources of a performing arts center is a major step in promoting the conversation and change needed to create a better future for our young people.”
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
SAT, FEB 24
For over 50 years, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter. With a deep respect for both their cultural and personal history, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is ever-evolving with an eye toward their long musical legacy.
SAT, FEB 24
Join us in celebrating the rich cultural heritage within our community and enjoy more than 30 FREE performances throughout Overture by artists who call Dane County home. Indulge in cuisines from around the world, browse stunning arts and crafts available for purchase and learn about the many local businesses with global connections.
International Women’s Day
THU, MAR 8
Join Girls Inc. of Greater Madison and the Goodman Community Center on THU, MAR 8 for a celebration of International Women’s Day, hosted at Overture Center for the Arts. Dine and connect with young girls and other exceptional women, learn about what Girls Inc. has accomplished and the growth of the program city-wide, and engage in activities designed to encourage strong, smart & bold conversation and participation. This year, three strong, smart & bold women speakers — an ultra-marathoner / author, a photographer / activist, and a singer / songwriter — will be featured. Their messages about overcoming challenges in order to succeed are certain to empower all in attendance.
Earth, Wind & Fire
SAT, MAR 24, 8 PM
Overture is thrilled to welcome to Overture Hall on SAT, MAR 24, Earth, Wind & Fire, one of the world top-selling groups of all-time. Born in Chicago in 1969, with a signature sound beyond category and a groove as deep as the soul of the planet, the band’s legendary journey has set the standard for music of all genres and made a profound and lasting impact on popular culture.
“Old-School Jam” featuring DJ Pain 1
Join us at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (227 State Street) from 5:30 – 7:30 PM for a pre-show party! Admission is free with your business card and Earth, Wind & Fire ticket.
Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter
This bi-monthly publication is designed to showcase highlights of the exciting and important work Overture is doing to make our organization more inclusive and reflective of our community, including both past and upcoming special events, programming, staff, volunteers and community partners. You can view the newsletter via the link below:
Race to Equity funding provided by: Altria, Cummings Christensen Family Foundation, Carl & Mary Gulbrandsen, Philip & Helen Bradbury, Madison Community Foundation, Scherr-Lloyd Fund, Overture Center Foundation Board of Directors and by contributions to Overture Center for the Arts.
For more information on how to support these efforts, contact Ed Holmes, PhD. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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