New Dawn Theatre

A Breath for George

June 14 – July 5, 2020

George Floyd memorial with beautiful mural and flowers
Photo by Regina Marie Williams.

New Dawn Theatre is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with six Twin Cities’ theaters — Penumbra, Pillsbury House, Mixed Blood, Yellow Tree, Gremlin, Plymouth Congregational Church — to present for free outdoor screenings of A Breath for George; a collection of songs, interviews, and poems created to honor the life of George Floyd. Artists featured include: James T. Alfred, Aimee Bryant, Wanda Christine, Perri Gaffney, Peter Macon, Thomasina Petrus, T. Mychael Rambo, Frank Sentwali, Regina Marie Williams and Jevetta Steel. Interviews with Sarah Bellamy, Harvey Blanks, Melvin Carter Jr., James Craven, Talvin Wilks and Professor John Wright are also included in the collection. All screenings are free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for local charities.

A Breath for George was created by New Dawn Theatre and Minnesota artists as a platform to: honor Mr. Floyd’s life; speak to this moment and moments past openly and honestly; and to share avenues which promote hope and positive changes for the future. A Breath for George gives voices to the ways Black citizens & residents historically have been negatively affected emotionally, physically and financially by systemic racism and nationwide police violence

There is value in people knowing that they are not alone in the way that they are feeling right now. There is also value in speaking truth to people who have never heard our stories or ever been in position to hear our stories, says New Dawn Artistic Director Austene Van.

A Breath for George
Public Showings

June 14 – July 14, 2020 at various locations

We have added one more date to our outdoor screening schedule of A Breath for George:

Tuesday, July 14 @ 8:30PM

AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE
2600 Park Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55407

Ticket Prices

Free

If you would like to put your heart into action but are unsure of where to begin, please consider volunteering or donating to any of the listed organization committed to rebuilding our communities and eradicating systemic racism.

Support for Victims' Families

George Floyd’s family

Donations will cover funeral costs, counseling services, legal fees, and care for his children.

Ahmaud Arbery’s mother fund

Donations support the family’s legal battle. Further action can be taken here.

Breonna Taylor’s family

Donations fund legal fees and offer extra support. Further action can be taken here.

Tony McDade’s family

Donations will cover funeral and burial expenses, counseling, and support the family's legal battle. Further action can be taken here.

David McAtee’s mother and family

Donations will go to Odessa Riley, David McAtee's mother, to help with funeral and memorial funds, as well as funding any legal action. Petition for justice.

Rayshard Brooks' family

GoFundMe to directly support Mr. Brooks' family. Petition for justice.

Elijah McClain's family

GoFundMe going to Elijah's family for funeral expenses and legal battle. Petition for justice.

Robert Fuller's family

GoFundMe benefiting Mr. Fuller's family for funeral expenses and legal battle. Petition for justice.

Protest Tips and Support

Safety During Protest

Tips from Amnesty International.

The Black Trans Protestors Emergency Fund

Raises money for physical resources, bail, and medical care for black, transgender protesters, which will be redistributed to black, trans-led organizations.

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Supports racial justice through advocacy, litigation, and education.

The Legal Rights Center

A non-profit law firm based in Minneapolis, offering legal defense, educational, and advocacy services.

Black Visions Collective

A black, trans, and queer-led social justice organization and legal fund that provides education and training in black and brown communities has set up a legal fund for Mpls.

The Know Your Rights Camp

An organization founded by Colin Kaepernick that provides education and training in black and brown communities has set up a legal fund for Mpls.

Organizations Working
Against Police Abuse

MPD 150

A participatory, horizontally-organized effort by local organizers, researchers, artists and activists helping organizers in other cities to establish practical abolitionist strategies.

Showing Up for Racial Justice

Works to educate white people about anti-racism and organizes actions to support the fight for racial justice and undermine white supremacy.

Communities Against Police Brutality

Operates a crisis hotline where people can report abuse; offers legal, medical, and psychological resource referrals; and engages in political action against police brutality.

POCI Caucus of Minnesota Legislature

Introduced reforms — they are pushing at the State level to address police misconduct and prevent more killings and police misconduct against the communities they serve.

New Era of Public Safety

An Advocacy Toolkit for Fair, Safe, and Effective Community.

Campaign Zero

Has a comprehensive package of urgent policy solutions informed by data, research and human rights principles to change the way police serve our communities.

NPAP

Their mission is to promote the accountability of law enforcement officers and their employers for violations of the Constitution and the laws of the United States.

Rebuilding Support

Clean up efforts

Local businesses owned by people of color need support repairing the damages to their buildings.

Community clean up events

Free Hugs Project community clean up projects.

Support the Cities

Information on Lake Street clean up and grocery donations. Volunteers need brooms, shovels, trash bags, , gloves. Plywood is also useful.

Community Support

Hallie Q. Brown Community Center

The Mission of Hallie Q. Brown is to improve the quality of life in our community by providing access to critical human services, fostering and promoting personal growth, and developing community leadership. Volunteer. Donate.

MOODI (Mobile Outreach and Outdoor Drop-In)

Initiative of the Cultural Wellness Center in Minneapolis, providing immediate response and resources for people currently without shelter.

We Love Lake Street

Gathers donations for small businesses and non-profits on Lake Street in Minneapolis, to help with the clean-up effort, as is the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition.

The Okra Project

Combats food insecurity in black trans and gender-nonconforming communities. It set up two funds — the Tony McDade Mental Health Recovery Fund, for trans men, and the Nina Pop Mental Health Recovery Fund, for trans women — to help cover the costs of mental health therapy sessions with licensed black therapists. You can donate money here, and learn about donating services by following the links above.

Mutual Aid Fund

Good place to send community support amidst a pandemic. Find more info on where to look here.

Fair Fight

Organization founded by Stacey Abrams that aims to end voter suppression and equalize voting rights and access for fairer elections.

Black Visions Collective

A black, trans, and queer-led social justice organization and legal fund that provides education and training in black and brown communities has set up a legal fund for Mpls.

George Floyd memorial with beautiful mural and flowers
Photo by Regina Marie Williams.

New Dawn Theatre is committed to amplifying voices not often heard by producing plays written by women, minorities and LGBTQ communities, while onstage we highlight artists of all walks of this wonderful life.

New Dawn Theatre is a tax exempt organization under IRC Section 501(c) (3). Donors can deduct contributions they make under IRC Section 170.

You can make a donation directly via PayPal or support us through our GoFundMe Campaign!