January 2021, The Friends of the Coronado Foundation received a HEALING Illinois Grant through the Illinois Dept. of Human Services and the Chicago Community Trust to promote racial healing. The project produced a stage performance of music, dance, and personal stories to foster conversations and understanding, and to facilitate learning.
(Developed by the FOC Healing IL Project Committee and Participants)
The Coronado, what it is and what it symbolizes, exemplifies the highest standards—equity, inclusion, and diversity are no exceptions. We believe our HEALING IL project will inspire understanding and expectations that ensure day-to-day operations, audiences and programming at the Coronado Performing Arts Center are inclusive and equitable.
Our Healing project performance and video is a visual statement of our commitment to support racial equity at the Coronado Performing Arts Center.
Our HEALING IL project brought people together as community members to produce and film individuals of color as performance artists and narrators on the Coronado Theatre stage; to promote conversations, understanding, and facilitate racial healing.
We engaged our Black and Latino community members in community collaborations. The project committee developed a performance to tell a progressive story using artistic expressions of systemic racism and of healing.
Hosting this at the Coronado Theatre forever embed in Coronado history our Healing project: our purposeful action step for racial belonging at the Coronado Theatre.
In the grandest testimony, the project speaks to the extraordinary value our community places on the process of racial healing.
Filmed on the stage of the historic Coronado Theatre in Rockford Illinois.
Director/Writer…. Tamir Bell
Executive Producer …. Friends of the Coronado and the True Liberty Project Committee
Director of Photography … Yash Musabji
Special Thanks …
With extraordinary heart and honesty, our True Liberty film was made possible by the dedication of many Rockford community members who worked together over many months to produce this project. True Liberty brought people together as a community through the connectivity of artistic expression to promote conversations, understanding, and racial healing.
True Liberty Project Committee
Our mission is to champion the historic Coronado Theatre, a time-honored symbol of civic pride, as a performing arts center and community asset for all to use and share. Friends of the Coronado is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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