Presentations include theatrical, film, and music productions celebrating the legacy of the diaspora of African/African American culture. Arts experiences include additional education opportunities for youth groups in attendance to receive lecture demonstrations, specialty crafted workshops, and meet & greets with performers. Past productions: Harriet Tubman: The Chosen One, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill and school production Lady Days, Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Soundtrack of a Revolution, Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Howard University Concert Band, Step Afrika!, and Collage Dance Collective.
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THEARC Theater will showcase our resident Animatronic Historical Figure Frederick Douglass for a limited On Demand series showcasing speeches from the famed orator and abolitionist. THEARC Black Box is home to the only Frederick Douglass Animatron, who recites over 20 speeches and answers 60 questions.
To celebrate the opening of THEARC in 2005, co-founders Chris Smith and Skip McMahon commissioned the Animatron figure of Frederick Douglass after learning of the rich legacy of the great abolitionist in his residency in the Southeast community in the Anacostia Neighborhood. The Animatron is voiced by actor Fred Marsell and was created at Advanced Animations studios.