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The Core Ensemble Wins Award

The Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs recently announced the winners of its Diversity & Inclusion Awards.  The Lake Worth based The Core Ensemble was one of thirteen recipients state-wide to win the $1,000 award.  The Diversity & Inclusion Awards Program recognizes the efforts of individuals working to make arts and cultural programming in Florida as diverse and inclusive as possible.

The Core Ensemble (cello, piano, percussion and actors) has offered unique performances of multicultural chamber music theatre for over 20 years. Their music theatre pieces explore the lives of inspiring figures such as Zorah Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Frida Kahlo and Archbishop Oscar Romero.  Scenes from the lives of these compelling individuals, combined with concert music from diverse cultures and historical periods, provide insight and intercultural understanding.

The Core Ensemble’s programs explore the achievements of Latinos, Women, African Americans and LGBT people. “We try to engage our audiences by offering musical theatre that is deeply relevant to our community and to present-day American culture. Lake Worth is an inspiring place for us! Compared to other U.S. cities, our home community has a high level of ethnic and lifestyle diversity,” says Margot Emery of The Core Ensemble.  “The dynamic of our city is described by demographers as transformational.  This creates such a rich atmosphere for the creation of multicultural music theatre.”

The Ensemble’s roster of artists is highly diverse with performing artists who speak Spanish, classically trained African American and Asian musicians, and actors who are experienced in working with youth.

The Core Ensemble is not only made up of diverse performers, its performances and educational programs also reach diverse groups in our region: after school-programs in Belle Glade, Central American agricultural workers in central Palm Beach County, and school children in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.  The Ensemble has also brought multicultural chamber music theatre to audiences around the country and has reached every state in the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii.

“We want our programs to bring about a new appreciation and understanding of culture and difference. How we shape a positive pluralism is one of the most important questions American society faces in the years ahead.  So we hope to give residents of our city, and our audiences around the U.S., insight into the new cultural landscape that surrounds us.  We also hope that the work we do in the community will strengthen a sense of place and community pride in Lake Worth.  Our wonderful city is on the way to becoming a broadly creative and inclusive enclave!”

The Diversity Awards will be presented at a state-wide Convening Culture Conference in Fort Lauderdale in February.  The Ensemble receives support from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and from the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.  The Core Ensemble are artists in Residence at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, one of the organization’s community partners.  Other community partners include the Farmworker Coordinating Council of the Palm Beaches, the Lake Worth Interfaith Network, the City of Lake Worth, MLK Jr. Celebration Committee, and Integrity-Palm Beach.

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