On Thursday, January 19 begining at 5:30pm, the Grand Marais Playhouse and the local theater community will gather to participate in a nationwide collective, simultaneous action: launching The Ghostlight Project. On the eve of the Presidential Inauguration, in each time zone across the country at 5:30pm, theaters from Broadway to regional theaters to high schools to community theaters will host a gathering outside their doors to create a “light” for challenging times ahead. This ceremonial lighting outside the Arrowhead Center for the Arts symbolizes the theater as a safe, brave space for all people.
The definition for “a brave space,” as created by The Ghostlight Project, is one where:
• It is safe to be who you are, regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
• Diverse opinions, dissent, and argument are not only tolerated but invited.
• Active listening and courageous exchange are fundamental values.
• Collective action, activism, and community engagement, both within and outside the walls of the theater, are cultivated, encouraged, and supported.
This collective action will signify an ongoing commitment to social justice in the coming years, taking a variety of forms and actions.
5:15 Assemble in front of the Arrowhead Center for the Arts
5:25 Introduction to the Ghostlight Project (https://theghostlightproject.com/)
5:30 Light the ghostlight and our lights
5:32 Gather in the Lobby for hot chocolate and brainstorming about the future!
Everyone who attends should have a light source that is OFF when they arrive. At a specific time in the ceremony, all will be asked to turn on their lights to create a giant "blaze."
ALL ARE WELCOME
and just to be clear: "The January 19th event is not “a protest” - it’s an act of solidarity and an affirmation of values. The focus is not on “railing against” but on “standing for” – and what we stand for are the values of inclusion, participation, and
compassion in our theaters and our country." The ghostlightproject.com