Progress is impossible without Change.
The Helping Hands Campaign for the Arts (HHC) was founded in 2011 -- dedicated to uniting artists with the community through acts of service, fundraising, and volunteerism. Working with professional touring artists from Broadway tours like Disney's The Lion King, Wicked, Billy Elliot, and Jersey Boys, the HHC organized outreach events nationwide.
Every effort, project, and campaign grows as circumstances cause broad goals to focus into specificity and purpose. And, in 2021, a chapter was closed on The Helping Hands Campaign for the Arts and THE GHOSTLIGHT ARTS INITIATIVE was born.
Now we move boldly into a new chapter as we endeavor to use our platform as artists to create and sustain a movement that centers artistic and media expression as a conduit for knowledge and social change.
We believe in the power of theatre, music, dance, and the spoken word.
We believe that these practices have the power to initiate progress.
We believe in Art as a Catalyst for Change.
At it's best art can do three things: Show us who we are, Show us who we were, and Show us who we can become.
The Obsidian Theatre Festival (OTF) is an exciting celebration of emerging Black voices in Theatre and film. Now growing into the 4th Annual Season, OTF normalizes the diversity of the Black experience by producing a collection of original plays, musicals, and cabaret performances. In addition to this content, GLAI supports by providing an educational context through academic, political, and historical lenses. All of this work is filmed and streamed each year, increasing accessibility to all audiences.
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The Propulsion Theatre Project is a new and collaborative endeavor launched by native Detroiters Garlia Cornelia Jones and John Sloan III. In partnership with the acclaimed producing organization, Blackboard Plays, this new endeavor will contribute meaningfully and sustainably to the professional theatre ecosystem in Detroit – partnering with for-profit, non-profit, and municipal entities to propel cultural exchange, workforce development, artistic creativity, and economic empowerment through the theatrical arts.
Detroit is known for making a substantial impact on the world through music.
The Propulsion Theatre Project exists to ensure that Detroit's professional theatre community has the foundation to make a sustainable impact for decades to come.