About the Grant

$22,500 to support FIVE (MAP 2016)
$5,100 to general operating support for Trilogy: An Opera Company

About the Project

FIVE is an opera with music by Anthony Davis and a libretto by Richard Wesley that investigates the Central Park Five, the five young African American boys who were falsely convicted of the rape and assault of a young white woman in Central Park. The Central Park jogger case illustrated the cultural and racial divide that polarized New York City in the 80's and 90's with political figures like Donald Trump calling for the death penalty for these five 15 and 16 year old young men. The response of the African American community to the conviction of these young anticipated the "Black Lives Matter" movement. It is a compelling example of the failure of the criminal justice system when revenge and cultural backlash supersedes justice.

The opera, produced by Trilogy Opera, will premiere on November 12th, 2016 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center will take place in conjunction with the 350th year anniversary of the founding of the city of Newark, and feature participants from the Newark Boys' Choir and the Cecily Tyson School.

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