Artstillery presents In Spite of History
The history of Fair Park comes with a troubling narrative of racism, segregation and government neglect. Artstillery, a local arts-based nonprofit, heard the stories of the neighborhood residents and are giving them a platform to be told.
Through hundreds of hours of interviews, Artstillery has created a brand-new, immersive experience titled In Spite of History. This story will take audience members through the 1960s to today as they travel around Fair Park, experiencing the joy, heartbreak and humanity of this historic neighborhood.
Six months of community interviews, research, and collaboration weave stories into a community driven performance that will weave the audience to the Natural History Museum to the Leonhardt Lagoon to the Cotton Bowl to the Tower Building to the front of the Women’s Building. Main character Izzy simply wants to go to the fair, her grandpa Julius questions the destruction of the Hall of Negro Life at Fair Park, and the family has an important conversation about their own place in history, present and the future.
Through this experience, Artstillery amplifies the historical voices of the community, land, and buildings to create space for discussion and racial healing.