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zAmya Theater: Bringing Homelessness Center Stage

Nominated by the Worldchanging team

zamya_can.gif ZAmya is a Minneapolis theater group made up of community members who are both homeless and housed. Individuals collaborate to create a theatrical performance that will be used to increase awareness and understanding of homelessness. According to the organization:

"Our plays emerge from script development workshops held at shelters, homeless camps, schools and corporations. Not surprisingly, they tend to focus on homelessness. We tell stories, improvise and do some role playing, which gives us the basics of the play. Then we go straight into script writing and rehearsals"
The lights come up for six performances during National Hunger and Homelessness Week. The money we raise through performances goes to pay the actors, the director, the playwright and the musicians. It’s not much. But it is food, clothing and a down payment on the possibility of a better life. A little goes a long way."

This piece is part of Worldchanging's Attention Philanthropy campaign. All week long, the Worldchanging Network will be delivering "attention grants" to worthy projects, individuals, resources and more. You can learn more about these gifts of notice and find other entries by clicking here.

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