The influence of opera doesn’t stop when the curtain falls on a FWOpera production such as the world-premiere JFK opera. Throughout the past few years, the company has been redefining its mission and has firmly established itself as a primary community resource rather than just an entertainment outlet.
Growing out of a national dialogue focused on the civic responsibility of arts organizations, Fort Worth Opera is working to take its craft out of the concert hall and into neighborhoods to interact directly with the community while introducing new programs that acknowledge and serve the diverse demographic that makes up the North Texas population.
This past fall, the organization teamed up with Imagination Fort Worth to create curriculum and field trips, which introduce students to diverse cultural experiences including its first-ever Spanish-English production The Barber of Seville in Texas at the Rose Marine Theatre in Fort Worth’s historic North Side.
Most impressive; however, is the company’s multi-month symposium series JFK: Five Decades of Progress. Developed in anticipation of the company’s world premiere opera JFK, this fascinating lecture series featured five events focusing on issues present during John F. Kennedy’s presidency, including such topics as the space race, civil rights, Cuba and immigration, and the arts.
Designed to explore how far the U.S. has come since the President’s visit to Texas more than 50 years ago, Fort Worth Opera’s Symposia Series received broad support from cultural and civic leaders and resulted in a number of unlikely partnerships with notable North Texas organizations including The Sixth Floor Museum, KERA, Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, UT Arlington and the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Looking forward to future seasons, FWOpera promises even more in terms of community engagement. With programming geared specifically toward underserved segments of the Fort Worth and North Texas community, these initiatives will help to bridge the gap in current opera attendees by making the art form accessible and culturally relevant to a broader audience.
For more on the JFK opera: www.fwopera.org/
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