As part of PICA’s commissioning of Holcombe Waller’s Requiem Mass: LGBT / Working Title, join us for a presentation and public discussion with Sharon Groves, a nationally renowned advocate working at the crossroads of faith, LGBTQ equality, and social justice. Sharon’s work with the HRC, Faith and Public Life, and Institute for Reproductive Justice positions her as a leader in forging new dialogues across social, cultural, and ideological difference. For this program, Sharon will share her insightful and generous perspective on how to catalyze complex conversations within and across communities, including art and music’s ability to spark urgent dialogue through transformative communal experiences.

2:00-2:30 PM: Introduction to Requiem Mass: LGBT / Working Title with Holcombe Waller
2:30-3:30 PM: Presentation by Sharon Groves
3:30 – 4:00 PM: Facilitated breakout conversations with Sharon Groves 

**Attendance for full program, 2:00-4:00 PM, is highly encouraged.**

Holcombe Waller’s Requiem Mass: LGBT / Working Title is a large-scale artistic and public engagement project that relies on partnerships and participation to embody a vision for LGBTQ affirmation in churches and faith-based communities. Influenced by chorale and church music, queer theory,  faith-based equality initiatives, and social practice, the project will culminate in a monumental community choir performance to premiere at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in September 2015 during PICA’s TBA Festival.

As part of the development of Requiem Mass: LGBT / Working Title, PICA has presented an ongoing series of public programs exploring the expansive intersections of socially engaged art, LGBT equality, and communities of faith, including national and local think tanks, roundtables, forums, chorale workshops, and a symposium on art and social change. In the lead-up to its premiere, we are thrilled to spotlight Sharon Groves in this series.

PICA’s education and public engagement series, Field Guide helps audiences discover and feel more informed about contemporary performance. Through facilitated workshops with visiting and local faculty, focused explorations of artist’s work, and connection with other festival-goers, Field Guide sessions include various combinations of pre-show workshops, social outings to performances, post-show conversations, and online interviews and media to more deeply contextualize the art and artists of our time.

PICA’s Field Guide program is generously supported by a Community Grant from the Oregon Community Foundation.