Week Three :: July 11–18

Art and Democracy

Artist, advocate, activist, citizen. What is the role of art — and the artist — in an active democracy? In this week, we hear from artists raising the social consciousness, challenging the status quo and engaging communities large and small toward meaningful action.

  • We consider how art and artmaking serves as a catalyst for dissent and change and has the unique ability to bring community together to heal following trauma.
  • How are the arts uniquely positioned to move the conversation forward, when other attempts at dialogue fail?

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Art: A Glimpse into the Divine

Art inspires, art teaches, art speaks, art energizes, art soothes, art heals, art empowers. Art underlies and underlines the commonalities of human existence. In this week we look into the spiritual power of art to glimpse the divine, in all its forms, and change the world.

  • Monday, July 13, 2020 | 07:30pm

    Chautauqua Opera Company :: Tosca

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    Puccini’s glorious score brings to life one woman’s struggle for love, art, and freedom in a male-dominated world at the turn of the 19th century. Religion, politics and passion collide in this stirring work.

    Location: Norton Hall


  • Wednesday, July 15, 2020 | 07:15pm

    The Raleigh Ringers

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    This internationally acclaimed concert handbell choir dazzles audiences with unique interpretations of sacred, secular and popular music.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Friday, July 17, 2020 | 10:45am

    Samantha Power

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    Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power brings her experience of years of public service to the Amphitheater stage with an examination of the role arts and humanities can play in diplomacy and as a representation of a healthy, enriched democracy to the world.

    Location: Amphitheater