A MESSAGE FROM CELESTE LAWSON, PRODUCER
Dear Arts Patron,
Thank you for your ticket purchase to Typography of Women: I Am Not Invisible performance originally scheduled for Saturday, March 21st.
As you know events at Buffalo State College are canceled in response to the precautions put in place by State and local government officials to protect the public from potential exposure to the Covid-19 virus. Public safety and individual safety are a top priority for me, the staff at the Performing Arts Center, Buffalo State College and everyone at Typography of Women.
Please check back at https://buffalostatepac.org in the coming weeks and months as we are working diligently to reschedule Typography of Women: I Am Not Invisible in the new 2020 Fall Theater season.
ONLINE ORDERS - Refunds will automatically be processed in 1-2 weeks.
PHONE and IN-PERSON CREDIT CARD ORDERS - A representative of the Performing Arts Center Box Office will contact you to obtain your credit card information to process your refund, once the Box Office is allowed to reopen.
Stay safe. Thank you,
Typography of Women: I Am Not Invisible features our region's finest actors, dancers, and musicians who will tell heartfelt and moving stories of real women who have escaped the perils of human trafficking. I Am Not Invisible takes audiences into the hidden world of trafficking victims and their quest for freedom. It is a journey that is emotionally rich, musically inspiring and visually captivating. The performance is also an invitation to become a freedom fighter, to join in the fight against human trafficking. Human Trafficking is real, it is happening in our community, and it can happen to anyone. Join us for an evening of great performances delivered by Lorna C. Hill, Kathleen Betsko Yale, Verneice Turner, vonetta t. rhodes, Melinda Capeles, Brandon Williamson, Samantha Cruz, Gunilla Kester, Venecia"Goodne$$" Green, Dayatra Hassan, Dewel “Dee” Perez, Sara Rogers and Joy Scime. Vocals and music performed by composer/musician Drea d'Nur, choreography by Robin Hibbert. Typography of Women: I Am Not Invisible is created and produced by Celeste Lawson. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Mona's House Project, executive director, Kelly Diane Galloway. Typography of Women is made possible in part with support from The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Chair, Erie County Legislature, April Baskin, The Buffalo Project and Rigidized Metals.
Typography of Women: I Am Not Invisible is a project to support the fight against Human Trafficking. It promotes awareness about Project Mona’s House, which is a transitional residence for women who have escaped trafficking and are trying to rebuild their lives. It is the only such facility in Western New York. However, Typography of Women is also meant to be a vehicle that shares information on the ways we, as a community, can do our part to deter human trafficking in our region. Everyone is invited and welcome to join the fight against this crime inflicted on humanity.
Typography is a four-part event happening in March 2020.
Additional events include:
An exhibit opening Thursday, March 5th at the WNED Horizons Community Art Gallery, runs through March 27, 2020
A second opening at CEPA Gallery, Friday March 6th that runs through April 4, 2020
The exhibits are facilitated by the WNY Urban Arts Collective and Los Artistas del Barrio and include original works by area professional artists and trafficking and abuse survivors.
Sunday, March 22nd, 1 pm a FREE public forum and open discussion on Human Trafficking at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.
At 1 pm there will be a viewing of “Sold Next Door” a short documentary created by the Pan-American Film Division for Project Mona’s House.
There is also a panel of area professionals and a moderator for this event. Panel members include:
Barbara C. Carr – Animal rights/human rights activist, ret. Executive Director Erie County SPCA - Moderator
Craig C. Centrie, Ph.D. – Professor Medaille College and guest lecturer, University at Buffalo
Dr. Virginia A. Batchelor, – Professor Medaille College
Ilana Lane, Ph.D.- Researcher, Professor Medaille College
Katherine S. Lavin, JD, Erie County Assistant District Attorney
Mark P. Lazzara, BA, MA Humanities & Sociology, founder WNY AmeriCorps/WNY Collaborative (ret.), independent consultant marketing and public relations, community activist
Rhianna C. Rogers, Ph.D. – Assoc. Professor SUNY Empire State College, Ernest Boyer Presidential Fellow, Rockefeller Institute of Government
Mary Cosgrove Moran JD, Task Force Coordinator, Western District of New York Human Trafficking Task Force
Diane Bessel, PhD, LMSW, CNM, Founder Institute for Government and Nonprofit Innovation
All the events include artistic contributions from trafficking survivors. Questions and more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 716.374.1070.