A powerful music concert entitled “HopeLives” will bring awareness to the realities of human trafficking with a focus on Native American women and children. The program will open our eyes to this heart-wrenching topic through the performances of music, spoken word, dance, and visual art. “The concert will be set in three parts - truths, facts, and hope - with music performances and revelations about the difficult subject matter,” says Dairy’s Music Curator, Sharon Park. “The music selections are related to the topic or about life taking an unexpected turn - it’s going to be really powerful to hear these works in this context, and will definitely make a deep impact to our audience, helping us bring the awareness through these artistic expressions.”
Collaborating with and sponsoring this concert is the local organization, BoldeReach , which supports non-profit organizations doing exceptional work improving the lives of women and children by bringing awareness and funds to aid and further their work. This year’s beneficiary is a refuge center for victims of human trafficking in central South Dakota, Pathfinder Center.
Each section of the performance will be threaded together by original spoken word pieces performed by local Native American artists, Tanaya Winder and Hannabah Blue, and a special performance by award-winning Native American hip hop artist Frank Waln, performing original works paired with dance.
This concert is also in collaboration with the Dairy’s Visual Art department with a solo artist show entitled Through Their Eyes by Kema Miriam Berry, which will be on exhibition in the Polly Addison Gallery from March 9 through April 15, 2018. This special series of paintings calls attention to the slavery and oppression that is rampant in our world today, evoking an urgency for action to stop this battle. “The artist represents many different countries in this series and has also created a brand new piece for this exhibition to highlight the disproportionate number of Native American women who are trafficked in our own country,” says the Dairy’s Visual Arts Curator, Rebecca Cuscaden.
Other performers on this program include nyckelharpist Sandra Wong, pianists Bill Douglas, Doreen Lee, and Amy Briggs, Altius Quartet, soprano Christie Conover, flutist Cobus du Toit, violist da gamba Ann Marie Morgan with composer John Drumheller, and dancer Alysha Perrin. [Organizer's description]