Karl Surkan (ACG '07) profiles the recent guided tour at The Colored Girls Museum, "Urgent Care: A Social Care Experience," for ThINKingDANCE. Featuring Vashti Dubois (ACG '16, '12, LTA '06) and Nkechi (ACG '17).
The Colored Girls Museum, an ordinary house (and home to the museum’s executive director Vashti Dubois) in an ordinary Germantown neighborhood, is also an installation site, an artist residency, and most importantly, a sanctuary offering peace, respite, and a place to foster creativity. Dedicated to the “ordinary extraordinary colored girl,” this month the museum has been transformed into an “urgent care” facility for its annual FringeArts show, a guided tour titled “Urgent Care: A Social Care Experience."
The theme goes way beyond the medical connotation, pointing to the extreme stress placed on communities of color and the effects of that trauma on everyday life. “It’s our interpretation of this moment that we’re in, and I’m sure we agree that it’s an urgent time,” says Dubois in her introduction to the museum-goers assembled in the parlor.