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Roots and Wings

Developing NEw Leaders


Roots & Wings expands, formalizes, deepens and elevates the work of the fall 2014 production of IDEAS xLab's  Smoketown Poetry Opera - a unique theatrical performance produced by ArtPlace America grantee IDEAS xLab (formerly IDEAS 40203) and created with emerging African-American spoken word artists, filmmakers, dancers, musicians and DJs.

Roots & Wings enlists the support of experienced arts and community mentors, to support a group of emerging artists as they explore the links between traditional West African and Appalachian cultures and conduct peer-to-peer writing, music and performance workshops in the “Zones of Hope” neighborhoods.

Through the Roots & Wings project, the organizers will support further development of a lasting arts infrastructure in West Louisville and a sustainable new urban theatre company.  

Roots and Wings is Co-Directed by Stacy Bailey-Ndiaye (Executive Director, Bridge Kids International) and Theo Edmonds (Co-Founder of IDEAS xLab).  

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View Roots & Wings Original Production of the "West End Poetry Opera"