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Donald Griffith

A COMPLEXION CHANGE - International and Intercultural Diplomacy

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    Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith, Co-founder-director

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    International and Intercultural Diplomacy "FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND?"
    Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre Photographic Exhibition - Visual Documentation June 1 - 30, 2010
    Vernissage, June 1st, 7 pm Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall) foyer
    John-F.-Kennedy-Platz, 10825 Berlin-Schöneberg Exhibition description The exhibition documents the history of
    Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre
    James V. Burks
    African Marketplace & Cultural Faire
    City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, USA in association with
    International Artists The Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre was founded by Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith, Lynnda Curry, Ricky Powell and Detlef Bäcker, four American artists and a German colleague, who met in Berlin during 1979 at Theater des Westens and decided to undertake intercultural, interdisciplinary and international productions in dance, theatre, television, workshops, film/video festivals and publications.
    This exhibition paints a picture of the activities of various people during their historical contributions to Berlin, elsewhere and hence, the portrait seeks to prevent these undertakings from becoming "Footprints in the Sand?". "FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND?"
    The lessons of history arrive in the form of personal experiences, books, media presentations, paintings, architecture and so on. How these materials are interpreted and perhaps, through the ages, re-interpreted assuming the information is included, varies according to the group or the individual perspective, interests, socio-economic influences and opportunities. As we pass through the formal educational process, we are informed of histories; others and ours.
    It generally requires an enlightened mentor or parent to point out what is overlooked in the presentation of history, so earnestly injected into our academic and formative education. Many years ago, as this awareness of history’s exceptions were realized, my parents, John Willis Griffith, Edith Paulina Muldrow Griffith, and my mentor, Oscar Brown Jr., pointed out the necessity for assuming responsibility and making sacrifices necessary to enlighten shadows and fill empty historical spaces. So, the development of information, awareness, heightened sensibility and maturation leads to inevitable conclusions. Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre from inception in 1980, remains an initiative and institution for the documentation and preservation of the existence and contributions of individuals and groups, to the societies in which they and we reside. We are participants in the process of embedding in memories and stone, what previously might have been, "Footprints in the Sand?". Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith
    Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre
    Berlin Germany 2010 Mottoes:
    "I may not make it if I try, but I damn sure won't if I don't..." - Oscar Brown Jr.
    "Mankind will either find a way or make one." - C.P. Snow
    "Whatever you do..., be cool!" - Joseph Louis Turner
    "Yes, I can...!" - Sammy Davis Jr.
    "Yes, We can...!" - Barack Obama

Fountainhead Tanz Théâtre, Black International Cinema Berlin, THE COLLEGIUM Forum and Television Program Berlin, "Footprints in the Sand?", Cultural Zephyr e.V.


...are an international, intercultural community of persons engaged in achieving increasing understanding and cooperation between individuals and groups in support of democratic procedures and the elimination of violence, religious, ethnic and gender persecution, youth exploitation, homophobia and racial hatred through the process of art, education, culture and dialogue.

...sind eine internationale, interkulturelle Gemeinschaft von Menschen mit dem Engagement für ein besseres Verständnis und wachsende Kooperation zwischen Individuen und Gruppen, mit Unterstützung des demokratischen Prozesses und der Beseitigung von Gewalt, Verfolgung aufgrund religiöser, ethnischer und geschlechtlicher Zugehörigkeit, Kindes- und Jugendmissbrauch, Homosexuellen-Feindlichkeit und Rassenhass, durch die Mittel der Kunst, der Bildung, der Kultur und des Dialogs.

...sont une communauté internationale et interculturelle de personnes engagées à promouvoir la compréhension et la coopération croissantes entre les individus et les groupes, à l´appui des outils démocratiques et à travers l´élimination de la violence, de la persécution religieuse, ethnique et sexuelle, de l´exploitation de la jeunesse, de l´homophobie et de la haine raciale par le processus de l´art, de l´éducation, de la culture et du dialogue.

Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre presented by euromight

Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre at

XXV. Black International Cinema Berlin 2010 at Wave Magazine

from the Commissioner for Integration of the district Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin
to the XXV. Black International Cinema Berlin 2010

Migration has always – nowadays and in the past – created a multicultural reality.
To acknowledge this fact and to anchor it in the center of society, remains a significant task for the coming years.

Despite the current efforts in the debate regarding integration politics, to acknowledge “diversity” being an “enrichment”, old ideas are still prevalent that there exists a “homo­genous majority” in the center of society, to which “foreign minorities” are challenged to assimilate.

In contrast to this I would like to point out: the city’s society of Berlin is heterogeneous, people from different ways of life live here, together in active and dynamic connections. On the way to an urban society acknowledgement of a changed societal complexion, is a first step.

Not only portraying this diversity, but furthermore to actively realize it requires an open dialogue on a level playing field, equal opportunities and the right to participate.

Art and culture can build bridges, cross borders and pull away from stereotypical categorized thinking. Therefore, initiatives such as Black International Cinema Berlin are important for the capital of Germany.

In 2010, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Black International Cinema Berlin.
I extend my congratulations to the organizers of Black International Cinema Berlin,
a cultural highlight which is unique Germany-wide.

I wish the events many guests and for all of us, new inspiration.

Gabriele Gün Tank
Commissioner for Integration of the district Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin/Germany

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