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William Forchion
William Forchion

Saturday, May 14, 7:00 pm

Location:
ArtPort
Green Mountain Mall
2000 Memorial Drive
St. Johnsbury, VT

Admission: FREE

Please refer to our website for any current COVID-19 related restrictions.

Clemmons Family Farm and Catamount Arts are pleased to announce William Forchion, in St. Johnsbury, as part of the Facing the Sunrise Black Performing Arts Series. The series aims to engage audiences with stellar performances that celebrate and teach the Black Experience with positive and uplifting messages from the Black artist community.

"Emancipation" Inspired by the Marcus Garvey quote “We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery, for though others may free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. Mind is our only ruler; sovereign.” Emancipation takes the audience on an interactive thought revolution. Using song, chant, poetry, and ritual incantation William Forchion masterfully guides an audience to the promised land.

William Forchion: Director, Producer, Poet, Clown, Acrobat, Stuntman, Father, Friend, Minister, Coach, Writer, and Teacher, all in one package. He is fueled by the desire to inspire, educate, entertain and innovate. William Forchion creates art that connects audiences, while promoting emotional, spiritual, and intellectual growth. William is the author of “Billosophy: meditations on God, movement and miracles”, “Sacred & Sacrosanct: a collection of poems” and “#ApoemAday” a year of poems. William hosts and produces the “Billosophy101 podcast and the Billosophy101 YouTube channel. William grew up in Hammonton, NJ where life on a farm nurtured his creative imagination. In 2017 William was selected to be a U.S. State Department cultural exchange Ambassador for the Arts making two trips to Turkmenistan. 2019 & 2020 William was summer camp Director at Circus Smirkus in Greensboro, VT. In 2020 William coordinated the Healing Arts program for the Clemmons Family Farm of Charlotte, VT. William finds great joy facilitating workshops using art as healing tool. William, the proud father of 3 beautiful children, has called Brattleboro, VT home since 1998.

The Facing the Sunrise Black Performing Arts Series is curated by Clemmons Family Farm, a leading Black-led nonprofit arts and culture organization in Vermont. Clemmons Family Farm supports a network of over 250 artists of African descent and is among the 2% of applicants to receive a prestigious National Creative Placemaking Grant from ArtPlace America. The organization is grounded in the 60-year-old legacy of Jack and Lydia Clemmons, co-owners of the 148-acre Clemmons Farm in Charlotte, in building community in Vermont around African-American and African diaspora arts and culture.

Clemmons Family Farm is partnering with Catamount Arts to promote greater racial equity in Vermont’s creative economy, collaborating to offer audiences increased access to members of Vermont’s African-American and African Diaspora Artists Network (VAAADAN). In addition to strengthening community through programming and education about African-American and African diaspora histories and culture, the collaboration will showcase the work of Vermont artists of African descent and model how Black-led and white-led arts and culture institutions can leverage their respective resources for the benefit of all patrons.

Admission to see William Forchion on Saturday, May 14th, at 7pm, at Catamount ArtPort in St. Johnsbury is free, but tickets are required to reserve seating. Compliance with Catamount’s COVID-19 safety protocol is required of all patrons, including children. For more information about Catamount’s COVID safety protocol or to reserve free tickets, visit www.catamountarts.org. For more information about the Facing the Sunrise Black Performing Arts Series or Clemmons Family Farm arts and education programming, visit www.clemmonsfamilyfarm.org.


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