an exploration of citizenship by the WAM Ensembles
This year marks 100 years since the 19th Amendment was passed which allowed women full rights to vote.
Full removal of racial disenfranchisement of citizens was not secured until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 gained passage through Congress following the Civil Rights Movement. For state elections, it was not until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections (1966) that all state poll taxes were declared unconstitutional as violating the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. This removed a burden on the poor, including some poor whites who had been disenfranchised. It is in celebration of this centennial, as well as in acknowledgement of its complicated history and the battles of citizenship still to be won, that WAM has chosen this topic for our 2020 ensembles.
Due to COVID-19 mandated social Isolation, THE SUFFRAGE PROJECT has moved on-line! With the help of our partners at the Berkshire Museum, we have distributed a packet of suffrage documents to our ensemble members and challenged them to create a piece of original art (a poem, a song, a sculpture, a monologue, a dance, etc.) that speaks to this theme for them personally. Check our website and social media platforms in May and June for an evolving exhibition of original art exploring themes of suffrage and citizenship from members of the WAM Theatre Ensembles.