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Helen Cash Jackson: Arts Advocate & Visionary

Helen Cash Jackson, a pioneer advocate for multi-cultural NY arts funding and recognition. Mrs. Jackson joined the ancestors on Wednesday May 27th, after a long battle with cancer. Her home going ceremony in Harlem was attended by her colleagues and friends including Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick and Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson.

Rainbows of monuments to Helen Cash Jackson’s impact, speckle the New York arts landscape and continue to influence what grows possible on global stages. With the stalwart elegance of a seasoned diplomat, Helen Cash Jackson carved out a revolution for arts of color and unique vision. Helen Cash Jackson’s powerful presence and nurturing precision could overwhelm the novice. Yet, as Woodie King Jr., theater director and producer of The New Federal Theatre, said of Jackson, “She understood and cared for us.” (NY Amsterdam News June 6. 2013)

Chuck Jackson and Smokie Robinson at Helen Cash Jackson’s Home-Going Ceremony June 5th, 2013 Benta’s Funeral Home, Harlem NYC

Rising through the ranks during the US Civil Rights Era, when the number of Black luminaries in the arts, politics or education was small yet mighty, her vision for a new future formed.

OPEN AUDITIONS The Negro Ensemble Company Training Program

Auditions for The Negro Ensemble Training Program are on Wed 3/24 & 4/ 7 or Fri 3/26 & 4/9: 9am-12noon, Sat 3/27 & 4/10 : 10am-5pm If interested Please send your request, picture and resume Attn: Marie McKinney to necartz@gmail.com and give us 2 day/time audition options See www/necartz.com/nec-rep-program/ for more info
Two 10 week workshops:Mondays March 29 7:00pm-10pm is The Actor’s Intensive
Wednesdays April 14 7:00-10pm Beyond Shakespeare: Classical Acting in Living Color http://www.necartz.com/nec-rep-program/ http://www.necinc.org 212 582 5860 or 347 560 3312 Money for the Arts NY’s 5 Boroughs at DCA