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Fort Worth Opera to Host JFK Symposia

In preparation for its 2016 world premiere JFK opera, the Fort Worth Opera will host a six-month long series called JFK: Five Decades of Progress.



published Monday, September 14, 2015

Photo: Courtesy Fort Worth Opera

 

 

Fort Worth — The Fort Worth Opera's world premiere opera about President John F. Kennedy on the night before his assassination is still half a year away, but the organization is going to keep you pumped with a series of symposia, including talks about Civil Rights, the Space Race, Cuba and immigration, the role of journalism and his administrations committment to the arts. The first event, on Oct. 22, is at the University of Texas at Arlington's Planetarium.

 

You can see the full press release and list of events below:

Fort Worth Opera (FWOpera) proudly announced today program details for a six-month long community conversation series titled JFK: 5 Decades of Progress. Beginning in October 2015 and culminating in the world premiere of FWOpera’s JFK, the series will include five unique events focused on the presidential platforms of John F. Kennedy and the progression of those topics during the 50 years since his presidency. JFK: Five Decades of Progress­ will highlight a variety of important topics, policies, and events that helped define President Kennedy’s time in office. From issues like Civil Rights, U.S foreign policy, and the Space Race to the evolution of journalism and government support of the arts, JFK: Five Decades of Progress will show how far – or not so far in some instances – the U.S has come since the President’s time in Texas.

 

Photo: Courtesy Fort Worth Opera

“Fort Worth Opera prides itself on being an innovative leader on the stage, but with JFK: Five Decades of Progress, we hope to be a leader in the community as well, bringing relevant discussions to North Texas. It is my belief that art isn’t just a form of entertainment, but a spark meant to ignite conversation and create change,” stated General Director Darren K. Woods.

 

Cultural and community leaders across the Metroplex have shown incredible support of FWOpera in this endeavor to engage our larger community in conversations beyond the opera stage. The organization has partnered with businesses across the metroplex including The Sixth Floor Museum, KERA, Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and more in an effort to bring these panel discussions directly into the communities and neighborhoods of North Texas residents.

 


Symposia Line Up:

10/22/2015
Space Race: Advances in U.S. Science and Transportation Technology
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
University of Texas at Arlington

Generously sponsored Hillwood Properties


President John F. Kennedy was committed to establishing the United States as a leader in space travel and transportation technology. His dedication to the mission of the exploration of outer space led to the development and expansion of NASA. Panelists will discuss the progression of NASA’s programming and role in space technology throughout the past 50 years and where they are headed in the decades to come with special guest speaker Dr. Wendell Mendell, retired NASA scientist and instructor at International Space University. Tickets for this event are free, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Reserve your seat by contacting 817.288.1229 or online at www.fwopera.org/events.


11/18/2015
Civil Rights in Modern America     
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Potter’s House (Dallas)

 

11/19/2015
Civil Rights in Modern America
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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I.M. Terrell High School Auditorium (Fort Worth)            
Recent national events have brought to light the issue of deep civil unrest facing America’s minority populations, proving that the topic of race relations is still at the forefront of media attention. Led by Bob Ray Sanders, a panel comprised of leaders from the African American community and presidential scholars will discuss the evolution of civil rights from JFK’s presidency to now. Tickets for this event are free, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Reserve your seat by contacting 817.288.1229 or online at www.fwopera.org/events.

 

01/21/2016
Cuba and Immigration
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
TCC Trinity River Campus, Energy Auditorium


With the recent restoration of ties between Cuba and America and the steps being taken towards removing the five-decade embargo against the Latin country, Fort Worth Opera will host a conversation evaluating JFK’s decision to enforce the blockade, its economic impact during the past 50 years, and why both President Bush and President Obama have made strides to repair the relationship with our Southern neighbor. In extension, FWOpera will also introduce panelists, including Congresswoman Kay Granger, to discuss JFK’s position on immigration and examine how the topic continues to affect our particular community. Tickets for this event are free, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Reserve your seat by contacting 817.288.1229 or online at www.fwopera.org/events.

 

02/18/2016
Journalism
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Seventh Floor at The Sixth Floor Museum

Generously sponsored by KERA


In partnership with North Texas public broadcast KERA, a panel led by a KERA program favorite, will explore the changes in news media throughout the past 50 years, and trends in news coverage of tragedies in particular. Moving from a time where newspapers were king and the world consumed media one day at a time, what considerations are made now in covering breaking news relevant in a 24/7 news cycle? Tickets for this event are free, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Reserve your seat by contacting 817.288.1229 or online at www.fwopera.org/events.

 

03/24/2016
The Arts: An Evening Dedicated to Ruth Carter Stevenson
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Piano Pavilion, Kimbell Art Museum
Jack and Jackie Kennedy were avid supporters of the visual and performing arts, and under his presidency developed positions that empowered the arts and gave a voice to architecture. They hosted White House parties in honor of famous artists, and JFK supported the creation of the GSA Art in Architecture Program to oversee the commission of artwork for new Federal building, and created the position of Special Consultant on the Arts. The panelists for this evening will discuss how Fort Worth welcomed JFK with art 50 years ago and how governmental support affects the creation of art and architecture today.  Tickets for this event are free, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Reserve your seat by contacting 817.288.1229 or online at www.fwopera.org/eventsThanks For Reading





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