2020 ONLINE PERFORMANCES –

Thanks to all who attended. If you had trouble accessing the performance, feel free to contact us via inof@kofest.com

THE MAGIC CITY MASSACRE • Streaming online June 19 at 7:30 EST

THE MAGIC CITY MASSACRE • Streaming online June 19 at 7:30 EST

selections of the play by DELETTA GILLESPIE
Post-show discussion will follow and include DARYL DAVIS, noted for his work convincing Klansmen to leave and denounce the KKK.

Situated in the fictional Museum of Conveniently Forgotten History, “The Magic City Massacre” tells the story of one of the most prosperous black communities in the history of the United States, how Tulsa came to be the site of the worst incidence of civil unrest second only to the Civil War, and why almost one-hundred years later, most Americans still don’t know about it. Your exhibit guide is JUSTICE, a docent....
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STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY

Ko supports and honors the activists and community members who have taken to the streets this week across the country to defend human and civil rights and demand justice for Black Americans.

We grieve with and for the families of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many others brutally murdered at the hands of the state and of white civilians.

Ko stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter; with Black, Indigenous, and POC artists, and colleagues; and with the movement-building cultural organizations, collectives, and individuals that have invested decades and generations in the struggle to undo systemic racism. 

We call on our larger community to listen and respond to the national and local leadership of these and other frontline organizers who are, as ever, leading us in this moment with grace and integrity. Please help leverage and distribute resources to support their labor and amplify their vision, as you’re able.

MORE ON OUR 2020 PLANS

It has been a devastating process, but it has become clear that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the responsible thing to do is to move the exciting “Eco-Justice” season we had curated, along with “ENSEMBLE: Seeding the Future,” a conference/mini-festival we were co-hosting with a group of Valley theater ensembles and the Network of Ensemble Theaters, until the summer of 2021.

Until we can gather again in person, we are working hard to bring you some digital offerings.  Juanita Rockwell will be teaching a writing and meditation workshop in July. Gerard (Jerry) Stropnicky is developing an online version of his ever-popular “FIRST PERSON: Crafting Your Story for Performance” workshop and we are planning to do a digital version of our ever-popular KOFEST STORY SLAM.  And we’re in conversation with other teaching artists in hopes of being able to offer you other workshop opportunities.

We’re also busy researching digital infrastructures and best practices while talking with artists who have previously appeared, or who were scheduled to appear at the Ko, to see if we can offer you shows never before seen at Ko – either pre-taped or streaming live — and perhaps even a commission or two for some new work!

Stay tuned here and on our Facebook page to keep up with the latest news.

2019

In the summer of 2019  we had 5 weeks of performances curated on the theme of “HABITAT (human).” We were thinking about transplants, displaced persons & the effects of sudden habitat change. About endangered & vanished cultures. About cracking open the past by re-examining the habitat one grew up in. Entertaining & thought-provoking, it was all original work – created by the artists who came to us from across the US.
And for those who wanted to get their own creative juices flowing — we had 3 exciting 6-day workshops.

2020 WORKSHOPS

WRITING FROM STILLNESS, SPEAKING FROM SILENCE: Contemplative Practice for Writers

WRITING FROM STILLNESS, SPEAKING FROM SILENCE: Contemplative Practice for Writers

with JUANITA ROCKWELL
Online 4-7pm EST on July 23 - 26 + Aug. 2 & Aug. 9, 2020, plus a 30 minute one-on-one with the instructor
The world is begging us to find new ways of being together, being in the world, being creative, being with ourselves. In this online workshop, you will learn contemplative practices of body, energy and mind, and how to integrate them with writing prompts structured to undo restrictive habits of writing and thinking. Together, these new habits can become a daily practice of access to the stillness and silence that is home to your wild
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FIRST PERSON: Crafting Your Story for Performance 2020

FIRST PERSON: Crafting Your Story for Performance 2020

with GERARD STROPNICKY, Co-Founder, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble
Summer 2020, Exact Dates TBA
Why do some stories – some performances – spark your imagination, set fire to your soul, and leave you transformed, while others just sit there? Is it the content, or the telling? The framing, or the style? Can story be employed to bring laughter, or tears, or understanding, or lasting social change, or…
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LAND ACKNOLWEDGEMENT

We wish to acknowledge that Ko Festival headquarters and most of our live offerings come to you from the homeland of the Nipmuc and Pocumtuck tribal peoples. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land.

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2020 INTERNSHIPS

We are not taking applications 2020 summer season. internships will resume in 2021. For further information, please visit our internship page. Read more...

SEASON SPONSORS & PROGRAM ADS

We are now seeking sponsors and co-sponsors for the our upcoming online offerings We'd also like to give a shout to the local businesses that have taken Ko Festival Program Ads in previous seasons. Many of them are open. We urge you to patronize them. Click here to see who they are.

FUNDERS

The Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

The 2020 NET/TEN Mini-Grant program of the Network of Ensemble Theaters
 
The Amherst and Pelham Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
 
Art Angels
 
The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
 

In addition, for seasons when we are able to gather in person, we are most grateful to the AMHERST COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF THEATER AND DANCE, for access to their lovely theater and studios.
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