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Engaging the Community

TimeLine’s Living History Teaching Artists have an icebreaker that they love to play with new groups of people. They call the game, “Where my people from” and provide a series of prompts that a single person can say to the group:  Where my people from, we… I love my people who… Where I’m from, we… On my block, we…  Then they usually follow up with an example like, “Where my people from, Sunday night is ...
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Juneteenth: A Historic Holiday

Far too recently, Juneteenth (June 19) became a “Day of Observance” in Chicago, and it looks like it may soon become a holiday in the state of Illinois. Juneteenth marks the day when enslavement finally ended in America, when Black people who were enslaved learned ...
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The Chinese Lady: Take Action

But if we take the time to really look at each other. To really look at each other. Then we might see, through all that vastness and variance, something true and real and wonderful.  — The Chinese Lady Transformation takes time and requires purposeful and ...
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A Greener TimeLine

TimeLine, a group of storytellers at heart, has been examining more closely the stories we tell—to ourselves and others. This means that we’re looking at the historical and present-day impacts of our choices and our resources. The push to uncover and to tell a different ...
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Education and art, hand in hand

As part of our Living History Education Program, we’re fortunate to collaborate with some incredible teachers and educators in bringing TimeLine’s mission into Chicago Public Schools. In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day, we reached out to a few teachers currently working with Living History ...
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Plans, lessons, and next steps

Go Back to Our Future! You can now watch TimeLine’s 2021 virtual gala on demand via the link in this post. If our recent virtual gala Step Into TimeLine: Back to Our Future made one thing certain, it’s that we all—TimeLine artists, staff, and audience—can’t wait to share the experience of live theatre again as soon as we can. We can’t wait to laugh with you, cry with you, discuss with you, and feel that ...
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Designing TimeLine

Throughout this pandemic pause, TimeLine’s staff has been hard at work on the design phase for our future new home at 5033–5035 North Broadway Avenue in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. And for many of us, the fact that this phase aligned with the pause has been ...
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Announcing new Artistic Producer of Innovative Partnerships

Today we’re excited to announce that Tiffany Fulson has been promoted to the newly created full-time position of Artistic Producer of Innovative Partnerships, effective immediately. Tiffany Fulson In this new position within the Living History Education Program, Tiffany will play a pivotal role in growing ...
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Experience the gratitude

She say when each of her boys came of age, she take ‘em to Old Hickory Lake.  Then say, ‘Pick a rock.’ And none of them know why, but she just tell ‘em, ‘Pick a rock, boy.’ And they did. And she say, ‘That’s your ...
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Surveying the experts: YOU

Earlier this year, when hopes about rapidly containing the pandemic were high, we updated our subscribers and audience members to let everyone know about our prospective plans. We didn’t have shows or dates to announce, but rather a promise and a commitment to our values:  ...
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