June 8, 2019

Gasping Whiteness: Northampton, MA

Gasping Whiteness: Northampton, MA

Date(s) - Saturday, June 8, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Northampton Center for the Arts

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Welcome us home to Western MA, after a spring tour that has raised over $7000 for grassroots, POC-led organizing work!
GASPING WHITENESS is a play and community workshop exploring white supremacy’s impact on parenting in progressive, middle class communities.

The play runs one hour and is followed by a one hour facilitated dialogue, designed to explore how the themes of the play speak to our lives and our stories.

The creative team includes playwright Will MacAdams and social justice educator/theatre maker Trenda Loftin (who co-direct and also perform in the piece); two child actors from Western MA (ages 10 and 12); and Atlanta-based visual artist Angela Davis Johnson, who created a mask and life-sized dolls for the piece.

100% of the proceeds from the show will support the purchase of a house for black queer & trans freedom fighters, an effort coordinated by the reparations campaign of Western MA SURJ (Showing up for Racial Justice): http://www.wmsurj.com/reparations-campaign.html.


On the afternoon of June 8th, there are in fact TWO important fundraisers happening in the same building!

“Gasping Whiteness” and a fundraiser to benefit the Mass. Bail Fund, coming out of a collaboration among orgs in the Abolition Network: https://www.facebook.com/events/2226889780908985.

As people on the teams planning these respective events, we invite you to:

COME TO BOTH, IF POSSIBLE! The silent auction + sale to benefit the Mass. Bail Fund is a drop-in event, and begins at 1 pm. You could stop by and then move up a floor [elevator in building] for “Gasping Whiteness”, which begins at 2! Both events end around 4.

You could also ATTEND JUST ONE EVENT, BUT CONSIDER DONATING TO BOTH. We encourage those who are able to donate what they can to both to support all of this vital work.

We’re seeing this scheduling overlap as an opportunity to see the many intersections of these different organizations working towards shared goals. Whether or not you have the capacity to attend or support either event, we welcome you all to learn more about the projects these are directing money towards and to contribute what you can.


(Collaboratively written by both planning teams)