ABOUT US

In Full Color (IFC) is an organization that empowers women of color through education and the arts. Through our programming and community-driven talkbacks, IFC empowers woman-identified creators from marginalized ethnic groups who are underrepresented in mainstream media. We give these artists opportunities to create work that achieves the highest possible levels of Authentic Representation. We also strive to educate audiences about the need for diversity in the media, cultural exchange and other racial, social and feminist issues.

 

IFC offers woman-identified creators a unique platform to tell their stories and perform work written for them, by women like them, or by themselves! -- an elusive level of realness we call Authentic Representation. In this storytelling revolution, we give communities the power to represent themselves and own their stories. Our storytellers share experiences and identities with the subjects of their tales. We create opportunities for women in theater, education, literature, visual art, music, comedy, dance and other fields.

The program was birthed from the eponymous In Full Color, an annual theatrical event celebrating women of color. Founded in 2015 by director Summer Dawn Reyes in Jersey City, N.J., as Thinking In Full Color, the program has since included work by writers from New York, New Jersey, California, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Texas and Minnesota. These monologues have sparked dialogues about numerous social issues -- everything from the double-edged sword of Indian domesticity and the perseverance of Latina sexuality, to exactly what matters about Black lives. Today, these discussions are more important than ever.

HONORS

IFC has received two commendations from the New Jersey State Assembly and won the Jersey City Arts Council's Performing Arts Award in 2018. Their show In Full Color has also received around 30 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Award nominations including Best Community Theater Company.

MISSION

  • To inform and entertain audiences of all ages at outdoor events, small community theaters, community centers and educational institutions, among other venues. 

  • To create cross-cultural exchange in which both commonalities and differences are embraced and cultural perspective is gained by all parties involved. Audience members find themselves relating to the feelings, thoughts or experiences of people from different backgrounds while also learning about cultural issues they may have no experience with.

  • To foster cultural curiosity. Focusing only on commonalities is an unrealistic solution that sometimes leads to cultural erasure. Embracing our differences and having genuine, respectful interest in each other’s cultures, however, creates dialogues that are a step forward for race relations between many groups.

  • To bring awareness to the need for diversity and authentic representation in the media and arts. The program discusses race-blind casting, whitewashing, cultural appropriation and other issues in American and Western pop culture. We will also discuss possible solutions and the ultimate goal, which is having diverse casts in which people of color (POC) are more than people of their color.

  • To encourage racial harmony. By showing a fuller picture of POC as humans with desires, needs, thoughts, feelings and challenges in various subjects, we hope to show that people of all colors are people – people who deserve love, respect, peace and freedom.

  • To expand society’s views of women’s issues. We aim to tell a wide range of women’s stories that show the diverse topics that are important to women: family, body image, relationships, friendships, jobs, education, sexual liberation, political rights and more. Women of all colors are also people – people who deserve love, respect, peace and freedom. We also pay special attention to LGBTQ issues as they affect women, femmes and other marginalized genders.

  • To create artistic opportunities for women and people of color. We recruit women of color for as many of our positions as possible, from writing to acting to graphic design. We do, however, enjoy working with people of all genders and all colors. We believe a diverse working environment is key for IFC to accomplish its objectives.

  • To help woman-identified artists of color grow. We provide educational opportunities for woman-identified creatives to enhance their skills, deepen their understanding of subjects they love, explore new ideas and meet new collaborators. We do this throguh classes, workshops and other fun events.

In Full Color is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of In Full Color must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. To donate and support women of color, please click the link above in our website header or click here.

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