WE HAVE RISEN Ireland's Journey to Liberty with a Historic African American Dimension March 14 - June 20, 2021
Concept: Sandra Hughes Design: Michael Hickey & Sandra Hughes Construction & Painted Surface: Michael Hickey
Location Little 5 Points Center for Arts and Community Outdoors - At the Corner of Euclid & Austin Avenues 1083 Austin Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30307
Photo: Sandra Hughes
Free Parking in the Lots at the L5PCAC Building Distancing of six feet and masks required
ART INSTALLATION CONTENT We Have Risen visually commemorates the meeting of Fredrick Douglass - the Father of the American Civil Rights Movement - and Irish Abolitionist Daniel O’Connell in Dublin, Ireland.
Photo: Sandra Hughes
The installation features the Atlanta Phoenix rising from the ashes of the city after it was burned to the ground. Portraits of Dr. Martin Luther King, American Civil Rights Leader, and Father Thomas O’Reilly, who prevented Atlanta churches from being burned during the Civil War, are included with a background of Atlanta’s modern skyline.
The Irish Phoenix also rises by overcoming the long term effects of the Great Irish Famine (An Gorta Mor in the Irish language - meaning “The Great Hunger” in English) to begin a journey to liberty that becomes deeply and directly influenced by the American Civil Rights Movement. From this effort The Irish Free State is born and will celebrate its 100th anniversary during 2022.
Photo: Sandra Hughes
The We Have Risen Arts Installation was originally commissioned and exhibited outdoors by Art on the Atlanta Beltline with support from the government of Ireland through the Consulate General of Ireland in Atlanta. It’s also been exhibited indoors within the large rotunda in the Art Gallery at the Central Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library.
THE ARTISTS Gateway’s Michael Hickey and Sandra Hughes have received 5 commissions from Art on the Atlanta Beltline for the co-creation of new large-scale outdoor art Installations and related original performances written and directed by Sandra. Michael is an award-winning visual artist, mask maker, set designer, performer and teaching artist. Sandra is an award-winning conceptual designer, writer, choreographer, director, performer, flutist and teaching artist.
GATEWAY PERFORMANCE PRODUCTIONS Gateway Performance Productions is a multi-disciplinary, nonprofit arts organization founded in 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia. Gateway opened its venue - The Mask Center - in the Little 5 Points Center for Arts and Community in July of 2000. The Company creates original drama, dance, visual art and music for live and virtual platforms - on stage, television, radio , film and online. Gateway specializes in mime and mask theatre. Its artists have performed the Company’s original productions and presented master classes throughout the USA and in 13 other countries. Gateway is a founding member of the North American Network of Irish Cultural Centers.
ART INSTALLATION OUTDOOR SITE HISTORY Gateway Performance Productions’ We Have Risen Art Installation is located on the site of an American Civil War field hospital. The site was selected for this use because it had a water source - a natural spring. The spring is now beneath the old school building built over the spring. The school was converted into the Little 5 Points Community Center (recently re-named the Little 5 Points Center for Arts and Community ) during the 1980’s, according to Joe Shifalo - one of the Center’s founders.
L5PCAC has been the artistic home of Gateway’s performance, exhibit, video studio, rehearsal venue - The Mask Center - since 2000. The Center is also a resource for other artists and arts organizations of all ages in areas of theatre, visual art and dance. The Center also houses WRFG Community Radio. L5PCAC Website:http://www.l5pcc.org/
OUTDOOR PERFORMING ARTS SERIES We are pleased to announce a four-part series of FREE outdoor public performances presented in conjunction with the We Have Risen Art Installation: March - June 2021. Presented by Gateway Performance Productions Third Sundays at 3 pm Grounds of the Little 5 Points Center for Arts and Community
This Performance Series features three of the oldest performing art forms known to humankind - mime, mask theatre and the Irish mummers - each performed and maintained by Gateway Performance Productions’ artists. As was done in times of old, these ancient, ancestral art forms invite us to take our entertainment out of doors, beneath a sheltering tree, near a natural spring to celebrate together in community.
June 20 ST. PATRICK SAVES THE DAY: Comic Irish Mummer Folk Theatre Written and Directed by Sandra Hughes Straw Masks by Michael Hickey Performed by Jim Alexander and Michael Hickey
May 16 ILLUSIONS Comic Mask Theatre Written, Choreographed by Sandra Hughes Wooden, Paper and Gourd Masks by Michael Hickey Performed by Michael Hickey and Sandra Hughes
April 18 YOU DON’T SAY Comic Mime Theatre Written, Choreographed & Directed by Sandra Hughes Performed by Michael Hickey and Sandra Hughes
Michael Hickey as The Masked Mime Photo: Kelton Gresham
Sandra Hughes as The Mime Flute Player Photo: Kelton Gresham
March 14 WE HAVE RISEN Written, Adapted, Directed by Sandra Hughes Ireland’s Journey to Liberty with a Historic African-American Dimension Dance, Drama, Song Performed By D. Olivia Jones, Jerilynn Bedingfield, Reginald Prim, Michael Hickey, Sandra Hughes
Michael Hickey as Daniel O'Connell Photo: Kelton Gresham
Michael Hickey as Daniel O'Connell Reginald Prim as Fredrick Douglass D. Olivia Jones Photo: Kelton Gresham
Reginald Prim as Fredrick Douglass Photo: Kelton Gresham
Jerilynn Bedingfield (masked) as a United Irish Woman Photo: Kelton Gresham
Gateway Performance Productions offers ongoing virtual and in-person classes in Acting/New Play Development, Creative Writing, Mime and Drawing with instructors Sandra Hughes and Michael Hickey. To select and pay class fees click here.
Gateway’s programming is made possible in part by support from the Georgia Council for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulton County Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts and Culture, the City of Atlanta - Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairsand individual contributors.