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Climbing PoeTree

The Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series and Wistariahurst Museum present Climbing PoeTree at the Holyoke War Memorial Building, located at 310 Appleton St, Holyoke. Featuring an opening performance by Extraordinaiire and Tzuko. This is a FREE all ages show. No tickets required.

There will be FREE community buses to the show to/from Amherst and Northampton. The Amherst bus will depart from Haigis Mall at 6:10pm and the Northampton bus will depart from the Academy of Music at 6:20 and Sheldon Field at 6:25. Buses will depart from Holyoke 20 minutes after the show ends at approximately 9:00pm. 

Over the last 13 years, Climbing PoeTree has infused our movements for justice with healing and imagination, inspiring thousands through their award-winning multimedia theater, dual-voice spoken word, visual art, sustainable touring, and community organizing. Co-creators Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman are cultural architects committed to reframing the story through multi-voice spoken word, hip hop, world music, and multimedia theater that translate deep research around the most pressing issues of our time into stunning artistry that catalyzes their audiences to activate the transformation they wish to cultivate within themselves and their communities.

Alixa and Naima have independently organized 30 national and international tours, taking their work from South Africa to Cuba, the UK to Mexico, and throughout the U.S. including 11,000 miles toured on a bus converted to run on recycled vegetable oil. Climbing PoeTree has been experienced at diverse venues from the Brooklyn Academy of Music to the United Nations, Harvard University to Rikers Island Prison.

They have been featured alongside powerhouses such as Alice Walker, Danny Glover, Cornel West, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, Little Dragon, Naomi Klein, and Angela Davis, who remarked, “Each time I have the pleasure of attending a performance by Climbing PoeTree, I feel enriched, renewed, and inspired. Alixa and Naima insist that poetry can change the world — and it is true that the urgency, power and beauty of their words impel us to keep striving for the radical futures toward which they gesture.”


Co-sponsored by CMASS and UMass Black Heritage Month 2017.

Wheelchair accessible. All ages.