Insight Arts produced The Creative Movements Festival a five week multi-media festival exploring the relationship between art and social justice movement building. The festival included premiers of original commissioned performances, visual art exhibitions, screenings of videos and film, panel discussions, community meetings, poetry, music and participatory workshops.
Insight Arts welcomed Pintig Cultural Group and Tamboula Ethnic Dance company into our family of resident ensembles. Pintig founded in 1991 is one of the nations leading theaters dedicated to the work of Filipino Diasporic theater artists. The group combines a strong commitment to social justice with artistic experimentation. Tamboula Ethnic Dance Theater is a company originating in Port-o-prince Haiti. The company combines traditional Haitian dance forms with contemporary cosmopolitan dance forms and experimental theater.
Insight Arts offered a summer employment intensive for teens examining issues related to US imperialism and militarization. This intensive included a week long study session in a rural Wisconsin retreat. The culmination of this intensive workshop was the creation of an original play exploring the role of the American military in contemporary African-American cultural formation. The play examined three generations of a family struggling with painful memories of US imperialist activities in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq.
Insight Arts bid a fond farewell to longtime artistic director, Karen G. Williams and education director, Ahalya Satkunaratnam both of whom left to pursue graduate degrees in 2003. Both Karen and Ahalya made commitments to remain involved with IA in the years to come.