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This Is Who We Are #13: Pro Arts Collective's Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
A daily affirmation of Austin's creativity from the Chronicle archive
"...familiar. You watch the assailants steal up to the prone body on the pavement, watch the wide swings of..."

June 1, 2020 Arts Post by Robert Faires

2019 Arts Hall of Famers Announced
Bravo, Harden, Kinney, and Sawyer to be inducted this year
"...group of individuals to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame, honoring leaders in dance, theatre, and..."

May 7, 2019 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Introducing the 2019 Class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
The stories behind the art transformers of this year's Hall of Fame inductees
"...static. The work created in the performing and visual arts is always changing, ever evolving. That's because so many..."

May 24, 2019 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

BAM! Performing Arts Festival: What's that sound?
Pro Arts Collective gets your attention with BAM!, a new performing arts festival bringing dancers, actors, poets, and musicians to Austin to display the surge of creativity among African-American artists
"...the nation's African-American artists. BAM! – short for Black Arts Movement – is a new performing arts festival from..."

Sept. 22, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Kissing the Goodbye
Dying and the worth of individual lives are treated with a refreshing and uplifting respect in Zell Miller III's family drama 'Kissing the Goodbye'
"...and uplifting to see this Zell Miller III family production presented by ProArts Collective. Miller is best known around..."

March 31, 2006 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Black Nativity
From the prologue through the rousing finale, ProArts Collective's new production of 'Black Nativity' saturates the Christmas story in rich emotion
"...often enough, which may be cause enough to visit ProArts Collective's new staging of Black Nativity. In the show's..."

Dec. 16, 2005 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
Pro Arts Collective's production of "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992" brings all the emotion of the Rodney King beating and its aftermath rushing back
"...familiar. You watch the assailants steal up to the prone body on the pavement, watch the wide swings of..."

Feb. 25, 2005 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Austin Arts Hall of Fame
Class of 2004
"...group of individuals to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame. As with the previous honorees, these..."

May 14, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

ProArts Collective
After a cruel 2005, ProArts is moving forward in the new year, with its first stage show, Kissing the Goodbye, by award-winning Austin writer Zell Miller III
"...For ProArts Collective, 2005 was a cruel year. In the spring..."

March 24, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Arts Consultants: Connect the Cultural Dots
The city's consultants recommend a new, one-stop shop and more funding for Austin's arts programs.
"...In the cover letter to her team's final report, arts consultant Lucille Dabney notes that "the timing of this..."

Dec. 20, 2002 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Top 10 Favorite Arts Events Across the Disciplines (In No Particular Order)
Chronicle Arts writer Wayne Alan Brenner on his favorite arts events in 2008
"...and music vividly embodying Hancock's trippy vision onstage and providing a glimpse into a weird world beyond our own...."

Jan. 2, 2009 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Good News!
Pro Arts Collective Pro Arts Collective celebrates the season with a gospel sound in the Austin premiere of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity.
"...Pro Arts Collective, Austin's only theatre company focusing exclusively on..."

Dec. 12, 2003 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

'Dog' Has Its Day
Pro Arts Collective premieres Suzan-Lori Parks' breakthrough drama Topdog / Underdog.
"...1999-2000 season in which two of Parks' works were produced locally -- Venus, mounted by Salvage Vanguard Theater, and..."

Jan. 9, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Word Is Out
After Broadway, Def Poetry Jam goes national and Austin's Pro Arts Collective snags them
"...was a gutsy move putting poetry on Broadway, but producer Russell Simmons had already succeeded in putting it on..."

Feb. 13, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Pearl Cleage Tonight
Pro Arts Collective's presentation of two Pearl Cleage one-act plays delivered this playwright's poetic, often witty dialogue with style and some convincing performances; the only thing missing from this quality production was the audience.
"...the new ALLGO Art Space in East Austin, where Pro Arts Collective presented two Pearl Cleage one-act plays. I..."

Oct. 25, 2002 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

A Raisin in the Sun
Pro Arts Collective's new production of A Raisin in the Sun does credit to Lorraine Hansberry's powerful script. Even though it runs for three hours, the show is gripping to the very end.
"...years, I was glad for the chance to see Pro Arts Collective's new production, directed by Boyd Vance. The..."

Feb. 16, 2001 Arts Review by Mary Jane Garza

"Master Harold" … and the boys
This Pro Arts Collective production of Athol Fugard's "Master Harold" … and the boys sneaks up on you, seeming mundane at the outset but in the end delivering a dramatic power that draws tears.
"...How best to encourage you to see this Pro Arts Collective production of Athol Fugard's "Master Harold" ......"

June 21, 2002 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years
In Pro Arts Collective's admirable production of Having Our Say, the intimacy of the performing space and warmth of the show's two actresses make the experiences of the centenarian Delany sisters -- and the history they have lived -- come alive in a remarkably personal way.
"...one with brown, and of the latter's fight to prove their worth as professionals, as citizens, as Americans, in..."

Oct. 12, 2001 Arts Review by Robert Faires

O Pioneers!
The eight members of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame Class of 2004 led the way to culture
"...the place, people who understand the value of the arts in human life and society and will spread the..."

June 4, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Exhibitionism
God's Trombones: Say Amen, Somebody
"...-- "The Creation," by James Weldon Johnson..."

May 28, 1999 Arts Review

In Memoriam: Boyd Vance
Boyd Vance, founder and director of Pro Arts Collective, acclaimed musical theatre performer, and leader in nurturing and promoting African-American arts for a quarter of a century, has died
"...an artist who led the way in nurturing and promoting African-American arts for a quarter of a century has..."

April 15, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Unkindest Cuts of All
A snapshot of the impact that this year's 31% cut in Cultural Contract funding had on 10 Austin arts companies that were on a strong growth track and had that growth in city funding abruptly reversed.
"...year's drop in Cultural Contract funding had on Austin arts companies. In every instance below, the companies were on..."

Feb. 7, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Exhibitionism
Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander: Time Passages
"...Dougherty Arts Center, July 16 Running Time: 1 hr, 50 min..."

July 23, 1999 Arts Review

Holiday Productions
Five performing arts groups that revive holiday-themed shows every December share the traditions they've developed within these seasonal traditions
"...has grown up around the yuletide, and the performing arts are as much a part of it as candy..."

Dec. 16, 2005 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Boyd Vance: Sweet Remembrance
On Oct. 27, the City Council sweetened some of the bitterness of Boyd Vance's passing this year by naming the new theatre at the Carver Museum and Cultural Center after him
"...city has managed to honor the late theatre artist, arts advocate, and community activist in a way that sweetens..."

Nov. 11, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Lucky Seven
For seven years, Pro Arts Collective has consistently drawn an impressive and intriguing lineup of dancers, choreographers, and companies from across the nation for its annual African American Festival of Dance, and the 2003 edition continues that tradition.
"...In the tough times in which we live, any arts company that can boast an ongoing event that it..."

July 18, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Performances of 2004 That I Ruminate Over After the Dust Has Settled
Heather Barfield lists her favorite stage performances of 2004
"...2) Catherine Berry in Spin (Refraction Arts Project) Berry was engaging, exciting, and fantastically silly in..."

Jan. 7, 2005 Arts Feature by Heather Barfield Cole

Most Memorable Theatrical Offerings That I Chanced to See in 2002
Austin Chronicle reviewer Barry Pineo delivers his list of the Top 10 most memorable moments in Austin theatre for 2002.
"...2. Rich Little proving himself, after all these years, to still be an..."

Jan. 3, 2003 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

On the Map
Austin's art scene kept catching the eye of the nation in 2005
"...scarcely a week passed without some local artist or arts group grabbing the nation's attention. Austin Lyric Opera snared..."

Jan. 6, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Cream of the Crop
Nominations for the 2005-2006 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...30, 2006, were assembled by an informal affiliation of arts writers, consisting of the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts),..."

May 19, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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