Pulitzer-Prize Winning Play ‘Sweat’ Coming to Our Area

Albion was chosen to be a part of The Public Theater’s inaugural Mobile Unit National Tour with the production of ‘Sweat,’ by Lynn Nottage and directed by Kate Whoriskey. This world-class performance will take place on Tuesday, October 9th at 7 p.m. at the Marshall Opportunity High School cafeteria (225 E. Watson Street, Albion, MI 49224). If you can, please enter the building on the south side to not disrupt the afterschool programming. 

“The Sweat Mobile National Tour is our most dramatic attempt to break out of our New York bubble and speak to those who the non-profit theater has largely ignored: the rural communities of the upper Midwest,” said Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “If the culture belongs to everyone, it belongs to the citizens of Kenosha, Erie, and Albion as much as it belongs to Manhattan. We are thrilled to be bringing Lynn Nottage’s brilliant Pulitzer Prize-winning play across America.”

This stunning play about the collision of race, class, family and friendship, and the tragic, unintended costs of community without opportunity will show in Albion for one night only. Following the performance, there will be an opportunity to discuss the play and its connection to the local region’s historical and current issues, triumphs, and challenges. Please come, listen, and be a part of history in the making! Tickets available at http://thepublic.nyc/sweatalbion or by calling 517-960-2029.

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Upcoming Events

FREE Creative Writing Workshops – facilitated by Judy Tate, Four-Time Emmy Award-Winning author, actress, and co-founder of the American Slavery Project:

Monday, September 24, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and

Tuesday, September 25, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

  • Participants should come to have fun, think about their community, and engage in a unique kind of collaborative workshop. Participants don’t have to worry about spelling, editing, structure or grammar or any of the things that make people feel shy about sharing writing. They can even dictate their thoughts to someone else in the group, if they are shy about writing.
  • There are many subject choices are participants will be encouraged to complete several prompts during the course of the workshop– as many as possible! The facilitator will then “paint” a picture with their words to create a cohesive script for a performance by local talent later in the week
  • As participants share their feelings and experiences through a series of fun, interactive activities, and witness first-hand other people’s experiences, our four-time Emmy Award winning facilitator will begin to write a script that will ultimately be rehearsed and performed by local Albion and Marshall actors at the event.
  • Location: Starr Commonwealth’s Mawby Center, 13725 Starr Commonwealth Road, Albion, MI. The first building on the right when you enter Starr’s campus – the driveway to the parking lot is in between two boulders.
  • Please note, participants can come to both of the workshops or either one, depending on their availability. 


Saturday, September 29, 7 p.m. “Uncovering Our Stories”

  • Join us for a uniquely Albion and Marshall event/performance – with local actors sharing your (or your neighbor’s) stories. Located at the Mawby Conference Center Auditorium, the first building on the right as you enter Starr Commonwealth’s Albion campus at 13725 Starr Commonwealth Road.
  • The original content that is shared straight from the heart’s of our friends, family members, and/or neighbors, and then brought to life on stage, is going to make for an incredible, one night only experience. It truly is a can’t miss performance, and we can’t wait to see how it all comes to together (and continues to break down the crumbling divides between and within our two communities – Albion and Marshall)
  • This event is free and open to all!

Early 2019

  • Debut screening of ‘A Common Thread,’ a short film that humanizes our neighbors at a time of extreme divisiveness. Also, enjoy entertainment from local musicians and storytellers.

Stay Connected!

For more information and the latest updates, please visit amrcp.org, facebook.com/amrcp, or connect with Linda, Project Coordinator at linda@amrcp.org or 517-960-2029.

Year Two – The Common Threads that Connects Us All

What are The Common Threads?

Between Albion and Marshall, there are Common Threads that connects us.

With a Common Thread in hand, the AMRCP will weave together opportunities for the residents of both towns to come to together – to engage, grow, learn, and heal from witnessing each other’s experiences.

Today, tomorrow, and the next, we recognize:

  1. Stones once used to build the walls that divide us can be repurposed to sustain bridges that strengthen our understanding of each other and our communities.
  2. Differences in color and income, hometown and religion, past actions and beliefs do not end conversations, but begin them.
  3. There is a seat at the table for everyone.

There is a Common Thread that connects us all. Check out the AMRCP Clips of Marshallites and Albionites who have come together to connect with one another and share their stories, which then add new dimensions to the collective narrative we tell about each community. 

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Financial Empowerment Fair


Thank you to over 100 participants of the Own It – Albion – Financial Empowerment Fair! We appreciate the support of the community in promoting and attending the event – we could not have done it without you.

Special thanks to the following sponsors: Homestead Savings Bank of Albion, Starr Commonwealth, Albion Branch NAACP, Build Albion AmeriCorps VISTA Initiative, and Albion College. Your generosity made a difference in the Albion community.

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Year One – 2017

Check out our Events Page to see the past year’s events and accomplishments!

We extend great appreciation to the following partners for helping make the activities of 2017 possible:

Albion College
Albion Community Foundation
Albion District Library
Battle Creek Community Foundation
Bogar Theatre
Bohm Theatre
Cronin Foundation
Graphics 3, Inc.
Loraine & Melinese Reuter Foundation
Marshall Community Foundation
Marshall District Library
Marshall Middle School
Starr Commonwealth
Team 1 Plastics
Zanetti Foundation

Featured below is a photo captured during one of two field trips taken last year.

AMRCP at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit Taken Saturday, May 13, 2017