Last week, Lilada Gee attended the Concerts on the Square at the Capitol with some colleagues. They decided as a collective of women not to stand for the national anthem. They were sitting in silence, not disruptive, not disrespectful. A woman began to slam down on their table repeatedly and yelled, “Stand-up!” She was disruptive. She was disrespectful. She was dishonoring. Her pounding was starling. They continued to sit in respectful silence.
Today Lilada continues her July theme, Ebony Expressions: Art for Hope, Help and Healing. She is joined by Mark Cantrell, Kianna Goodwin, and Rain Wilson.
Mark Cantrell is the CEO of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra (WCO). Mark comes to us from his position of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra in Boston, Mass. He has been the CEO of WCO since 2013.
Kianna Goodwin, who is an advocate with Rape Crisis Center of Dane County. Kianna was a guest at Lilada’s table at the Concerts on the Square last week.
Rain Wilson is the Artistic Director for the First Wave program on UW-Madison campus. She is a writer, performer, teacher and director sought after for her ability to educate and empower artists and audiences alike. She utilizes innovative techniques that allow students to reach deep into the words that embody their personal narrative, using theater as a space for it to connect others in needed dialogue for social change.