Dispatch #4 from the Wastelands Folk Opera Tour: Lorain

by: Gus Ganley
contact: augustinganley@gmail.com
22:41 Aug 19 2017 Lorain, Ohhio

Dispatch #4 from the Wastelands Folk Opera Tour: Lorain
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Dispatch from the Wastelands 4: Lorain from Children of the Wild on Vimeo.



Broadway Ave, Lorain's main thoroughfare -- occupied Erie/Iroquois land -- is emblematic of the Rust Best boom-and-bust. Massive storefronts idle and rot, while the legacy Palace Theatre travails to remain a vestige of culture.

Former employees of Lorain's U.S. Steel plant have gone fishing on the Black River. Meanwhile, at-risk teens are expressing themselves through art at the FireFish Arts Centre. The youth join Children of the Wild in guiding people through the empty alley-ways and parking lots of the post-industrial town with 'The Wastelands' folk opera.

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"Let the tears rain of hope, Lorain, on this place
And may the floodplains of your creative arts
Revitalize the wastelands."

by Monica "Journey" Idom

A poetess by the name of Journey proclaims the above message with the wisdom and passion of a street preacher. Originally from Cleveland, OH, she found poetry while working with prison inmates and now teaches self-empowerment with fierce acceptance that many are hardpressed to find outside of FireFish Arts. Monica reaches beyond the frame of her own existence, considering every resident of Lorain a vital part of the whole. Revitalization is an antidote to depression; and since Lorain revived her, she devotes her life to bringing back this once booming town.
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