Our first Masque was held Sunday October 22nd at St. Paul's Elkins Park, in their beautiful sanctuary. It was gala fundraiser, aimed at supporting our work with youth in the refugee and disability community. About 75 people attended and saw Bright Invention perform some improv, BEATPEACE play some amazing music, and a crew of zombies perform the Thriller dance from the Michael Jackson music video!
"We are especially proud of the dance," remarked Executive Director Benjamin Lloyd, "since it showcased the kind of radical inclusion we practice at White Pines. It featured members of the board and ensemble of White Pines, and kids with and without disabilities. And one executive director."
Student Elias Rosen (in wheelchair in the photo) and his mother Jill Spector spoke movingly about the impact of having an acting class especially for kids with disabilities to go to. And Director of Education Dani Bryant spoke about White Pines' work with refugee children. She introduced the founder of KXB Studios Klementina Budnik who has led this partnership with HIAS Pennsylvania. Tina spoke about the work she has done with these kids, and her admiration for White Pines. Tina, who teaches animation at White Pines, is an accomplished filmmaker and shot video of the Masque. Look for our Masque-movie soon!
Board president David Cohen, himself a dancing zombie, remarked "We hope to bring the Masque back in 2018, and generate excitement and support for White Pines programs annually."