This local religious group uses their virtual platform and art to bring people together

“9 little Indians” by Steve Prince. (WYDaily / Courtesy Lisa Green)

Modern technology is a handy tool for bringing people together during a pandemic, and Historic Area Religions Together is doing just that with a new series of virtual events on Zoom.

Although HART only began three years ago, Reverend Lisa Green, Associate Rector of Episcopal Church of Saint-Martin said they expect the series to have three or four events in a year.

The series is titled “Together in Hope: Multi-Faith Gatherings for Community Transformation” and the first event, titled “9 Little Indians: Race and Education,” is Monday October 19 at 7pm.

The program is named after her featured artwork, “9 Little Indians” by Steve Prince, Director of Engagement and Distinguished Artist in Residence at the William & Mary Muscarelle Museum of Art.

“We’ve worked with Steve before,” Green said. “Some of our members have experience with Steve’s work.

Prince also preached in St. Martin’s, Green said.

There will also be a performance, “Youngest of Nine,” by Leah Glenn, dance teacher and artistic director of Leah Glenn Dance Theater.

Both Prince and Glenn’s plays were inspired by Little Rock Nine, according to a press release.

But wait, there is even more art involved.

A commemorative work of art will be created and sold to benefit a joint project to fight injustice in greater Williamsburg.

Outside of art, we also talk. The event includes a conversation with Aaron Butler and Natoya Haskins, as well as Glenn and Prince, on racial inequality in the school system.

The purpose of this first gathering is to bring together “the visual arts, dance and conversation to fight racial inequalities in our schools, past and present,” according to the press release.

Other virtual gatherings in the series “will address other deep divisions that unravel the fabric of our country and our local community, with participants coming together in diversity and unity, bringing different gifts and different faiths to the work of construction of a more just and peaceful world ”, according to the press release.

This virtual series is not the only way HART uses its virtual platform.

“Usually we have a Thanksgiving service every year, with 300 to 400 people. But it’s impossible to have this year,” Green said.

Instead, the Thanksgiving service will also be held virtually on November 23 at 7 p.m. Registration information has yet to be released, but Green said those interested can see The HART Facebook page.

To register for the “Together in Hope: Multifaith Gatherings for Community Transformation” series, visit the event webpage on Eventbrite here. Zoom information will be provided with the registration confirmation.

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