Event aims to move visitors through storytelling and choreography

DAVENPORT, IOWA (March 22, 2019) — The Putnam invites visitors to think and see differently after stirring spoken-word performances and heartfelt dances from local artists during "Words and Motion" on March 28.

Among the talent performing at this event are spoken-word artist Aubrey Barnes and performers with Dat Poetry Lounge who are set to deliver compelling stories to share their insight on race, specifically its impact on them and the world around us.

“'Words and Motion' will treat visitors to a rich roster of local-talent and feature many of our friends in the community,” Relationship Advancement Director Michele Darland said. “From hard-hitting phonetic experiences to exciting dance-performances by the likes of Creative Arts Academy Dancers and Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico, this event brings together a wide variety of performers who make the Quad Cities such a vibrant and unique community.”

The show starts at 6PM. Tickets are $5 at the door and are available for purchase at www.putnam.org/WordsAndMotion. A cash bar also will be available.

Proceeds go to the Putnam, currently featuring the limited-run exhibit, "RACE: Are We So Different?", included with regular museum-admission, and sponsored by the Regional Development Authority and Hubbell-Waterman Foundation.

Performers include:

  • Amari Walker — YouthHope Apprentice of their M.A.D. Skills outreach program & TEDx alum.
  • Aubrey Barnes — Spoken word artist/creative arts instructor from Rock Island.
  • Creative Arts Academy Dancers — Dedicated and talented performers from Davenport's Dance Academy.
  • Dat Poetry Lounge — Augustana College-born group on a mission to lift up our communities with the power of art and words.
  • Friends of India Quad Cities / D4Dance Academy — Choreographed Bollywood-style dance, based in Bettendorf.
  • Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico — Non-profit organization that teaches the Mexican culture through dance.
  • Re-Fl3x — Hip-Hop Dance Movement from the Midwest.
  • Sankofa Performing Arts Ensemble — Group exploring the Performing Arts of the African American Diaspora, featuring spoken word and song performances.
  • And more to be announced.


About the Putnam

The Putnam has been inspiring ideas, dialogue, and interaction among people of all ages for 150 years. Today, we’re better than ever with hands-on fun for the whole family. Launch rockets or interact with a robot in the Science Center“touch the untouchable” in the Augmented Reality Experiencevisit our famous mummies in "Unearthing Ancient Egypt", climb into a tree house in "Black Earth | Big River", or go back in time to see our region’s history in "River, Prairie, and People". Also experience internationally-recognized traveling-exhibits or take in a movie in the GIANT Screen Theater with a screen towering six-stories tall. Our welcoming-team is dedicated to helping you discover and explore in a friendly and engaging place.

For more information about current and upcoming events, exhibits and movies, visit putnam.org.

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