Why is Free Street Theater's Archive on NeuroKitchen Arts website?
The artists who founded NeuroKitchen began their work at Free Street Theater. This is our history. In 2018, Free Street created a history timeline to celebrate their 50th anniversary but that timeline omited everything between the years 1989 (when founding director Patrick Henry died) and 2014 (when the current staff began.) When I discovered that omission, I decided to honor and preserve that history.
The art we made was ephemeral. This archive is a reminder that it all actually happened The work left an indelible mark. For those of us who created the art, it also created us. For those of us who worked together, working together made life long friendships. The ideas and ideals we pioneered reverberate in the multitude of arts integration projects, the multitude of teen theater ensembles, and the genre of community-based arts organizations. The version of Free Street that continues to evolve today is part of this legacy.
This archive is just the remnants. The history lives on in the people who made the art, embody the process and continue to grow. This is website is dedicated to them and to whatever they make happen next.
I continue to be inspired by and grateful for what I learned in the studio creating with you. Keep living, keep learning. Take the studio with you.
- Anita Evans
Free Street 1995-2011 / NeuroKitchen onward
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