The Bradford County Regional Arts Council (BCRAC) is launching a new series called Community Conversations for Social Repair, a series that will use movies and community experts to bring the county together in meaningful dialogue around the important issues within Bradford County. This first in this series of conversations will address the “national public health emergency” of opioid addiction and the related deaths. Accidental death from opioid use in the United States kills more people than automobile accidents each year according to the National Safety Board.
BCRAC’s Community Conversations series is focused on starting conversations that make a difference to community well being and people’s lives, conversations that enlist the work of hope and resistance as strategic tools for achieving social repair. They begin by re-humanizing ourselves, individuals, and families and extending a warm hand of friendship to those in a daily battle with some profound social issue.
The first set of conversations to be held in April at all three historic BCRAC theaters located in Towanda, Canton and Sayre will begin with the movie, Beautiful Boy. Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.
“We hope that the movies we choose will create an opening for these conversations,” said BCRAC Executive Director, Elaine Poost.
The Endless Mountains Addiction Awareness Committee (EMAAC) is partnering with the BCRAC in the first topic of the new series. Following the movie, EMAAC and the BCRAC will host a Q&A for the attendees in a safe and open environment. The focus is on the family and community, but addiction professionals will be available to anyone who needs their help.
Poost promotes and believes in the idea that “it takes a village” to raise families and create healthy communities. She stated, “We have the answers as a community and we need the place to have these important conversations, Bradford County’s historic theaters offer that place.”
BCRAC, EMAAC and the Wyalusing Area Rotary Club are partnering to sponsor this first conversation within the community.
Beautiful Boy will be presented on Sunday, April 7, at 4 p.m. at the Keystone Theatre in Towanda; Thursday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sayre Theatre; and on Sunday, April 14, at 4 p.m. at the Rialto Theatre. The movie, popcorn and soda are provided for free by the sponsors.
The BCRAC intends to offer this as a monthly series and plans to cover the subjects of care giving, environment stewardship, and mental health as well as continue the conversation on the impact of drug addiction. The vision is that the conversations will inspire individuals to become active in generating ideas that will weave the county with a renewed capacity to create healthy, and welcoming communities.
For more information, or to suggest future topics, contact the BCRAC at (570) 268-2787. The BCRAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building and supporting a thriving arts community by: advocating for the arts, cultivating quality arts programs, and preserving Bradford County’s historic theaters for live performances, community events and movies.