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Using her artistic talents, Davalois Fearon hopes to catalyze important discussions on race-related issues.

Milwaukee’s arts community has been addressing the city’s segregation and racial tensions in various ways. Now, an acclaimed Jamaican-born dancer and former University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee MFA student hopes to add to the conversation. Davalois Fearon, founder and artistic director of New York-based Davalois Fearon Dance, is bringing a performance called “Time to Talk Milwaukee” to a studio at UWM. Using dance, music, poetry and other visuals, the artist says she’ll tackle issues relating to racial identity and “the overall lasting effects of colonialism and slavery as it relates to racism within academia.” The performance is set to music performed and composed by Mike McGinnis.

Following the piece, Milwaukee Fire and Police Board commissioner Angela McKenzie will moderate a discussion between several special guests including Fred Royal, President of the NAACP Milwaukee branch, and Amber Tucker, interim assistant director of UWM’s Women’s Resource Center.

“Time to Talk Milwaukee” takes place at 8:30 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 13 at Studio 254 in Mitchell Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Call the box office at (414) 229-4308 to purchase tickets, which are available for as low as $10.

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