Grios, Girlfriends and Sistahs

An Exploration of the Experiences of Women of Color in the Midwest
Curated by Denise Chapman featuring the artwork of Angela Drakeford

The Wanda D. Ewing Gallery | 2221 North 24th Street

The Union for Contemporary Art is pleased to present three weeks of programs that examine and celebrate the experiences of women of color living in the Midwest. Curated by Union Fellow, Denise Chapman, this series of events includes a staged reading of an award-winning play by PJ Gibson; an acoustic concert of soulful tunes performed by local musician, Edem; a women’s dinner and discussion hosted by Professor Peggy Jones and closes with an evening of poetry and performances exploring the joys and challenges of women of color in our community. Don’t Tell Me, I Tell You, an installation by Union Fellow, Angela Drakeford, will transform the Wanda D. Ewing Gallery, creating a thought-provoking and inspiring backdrop for each performance.
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Saturday, March 29th | 6pm to 9pm

Opening Reception for Don’t Tell Me, I Tell You: an installation by Angela Drakeford
Staged reading of Long Time Since Yesterday by PJ Gibson at 7pm

Set in suburban New Jersey in the early 1980s, this potent drama is about a reunion of former college classmates, now in their thirties, at the funeral of a friend who killed herself. At the wake, they confront the truth about their own lives and about the suicide which has again brought them together. A literate, humorous, sensitive look at the lives of contemporary Black women.

Friday, April 4th | 7pm

Edem | soul music performance
Edem Kegey is a djembe and ukulele player. She sings not only in English but in a language called Ga from a West African country called Ghana. Edem believes that even thought all people may speak different languages, it doesn’t take understanding the language to find music beautiful… Because music is a language we all speak.

Tuesday, April 8th | 6pm

Feeding the Soul: A Women’s Kith
Please join us for a potluck community dinner and discussion of the roles women of color are playing in the arts. What stories are being told and who gets to tell them? The evening’s conversation will be moderated by Peggy Jones, Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Saturday, April 12th | 7pm

Grios, Girlfriends and Sistahs
An evening of readings, poems and performances that explore the experiences of women of color in the Midwest.

This series of performances is free and open to the public. At each event, The Union will be accepting donations for the Omaha Healthy Start’s Baby Closet. A list of needed supplies can be found right here. Please support our efforts to help this amazing program by bringing an item or two with you to any of the events you attend. More information on the OHS Baby Closet can be found at