Applause! An Exhibit Featuring Two Performing Arts Groups

Applause! Exhibit

It has been almost a year and a half since the OMA began its relationship with Milagro and about a year since it first met with the Obo Addy Legacy Project. From the very beginning, the OMA had always planned to curate an exhibit to feature both organizations and that time has finally arrived!

Milagro (officially known as the Miracle Theatre Group) is a non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon. Its mission is to “provide extraordinary Latino theatre, culture, and arts education experiences for the enrichment of all communities.” Founded in 1985 by José González and Dañel Malán, Executive and Artistic Directors, Milagro produces classical and contemporary performances, both Spanish and bilingual, through its main stage in Portland and “Milagro Tour,” a national touring group previously known as Teatro Milagro. Milagro strives to raise awareness and address the issues that matter to the Latino community through partnerships with schools and social service organizations.

 In 2012, Milagro began a relationship with the OMA to preserve and make publicly accessible the organization’s historical records. The collection consists of materials documenting Milagro’s administration and board, building history, outreach and education endeavors, staff and artists, grants and finances, and creative programing. In addition to textual documents, the collection also contains photographs, posters, and audio/visual materials. Find out more about the Milagro collection via Milagro blog posts on the OMA blog

The Obo Addy Legacy Project (OALP) is a non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon, with the mission to “offer authentic experiences with the music and dance of Ghana, West Africa, and to create cultural awareness and understanding through educational offerings, an annual festival, and performing groups that tour the world.” The OALP was originally established in 1986 as the Homowo African Arts and Cultures organization by Obo and Susan Addy, who served as artistic and executive directors. Obo Addy was a Ghanaian master drummer who performed all over the world, wrote music, and taught at both the K-12 and college level. Addy passed away in 2012; however, led by Susan Addy, the OALP is committed to continuing his legacy of creating, performing, and teaching African arts.

In 2013, the OALP began a relationship with the OMA to document the organization’s history and make it accessible to the public. The collection includes administrative records, promotional materials, and media related to the Homowo African Arts and Cultural organization. The archives also includes Obo Addy’s personal papers, such as correspondence, promotional and teaching materials, and photographs. Find out more the OALP collection via OALP blog posts on the OMA blog

And now, photos of the exhibit!

Be sure sure to check out the Flickr Set: Applause! Exhibit 2014

And, on Saturday April 12, the OMA hosted a reception for the donors and showcased sample of boxes from the two collections: Check out the Flickr Set with Photos of the Reception!

Exhibit Information:

Where: 5th Floor of the OSU Valley Library, Monday-Friday 9-5pm
When: April - September 2014
Curation: Natalia Fernandez, Oregon Multicultural Librarian
Design: Patch Leishman, OSU Graphic Design

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