THE CITIZEN PROJECT
ULTREIA, INC. wanted to explore how being a citizen might relate to one's city, as it did in ancient times. South Bend had been called a "dying city' and a "great place to get rich" within a decade. So in 2016, Rami Sadek and Yael Prizant decided to interview South Bend residents to find out exactly how they defined their city and how it defined them. The result was an original play about the city, its hardships, its history, and its potential - based on verbatim remarks from local residents and made by them.
LIT LITERARY COLLECTIVE
Directed by Krista Cox, this program began in 2016, but grew out of years of ULTREIA INK: WRITE NIGHT activities. It highlights local literary creativity, with regular readings and gatherings, open mic presentations, and more, giving writers a chance to share their work. Pieces are curated and often follow a compelling theme. The group has also offered stellar workshops and book launches. While often held at LangLab, Lit Literary hosts events all over South Bend and throughout Michiana.
ULTREIA STAGE SERIES
Throughout 2017, the Ultreia Stage Series has offered monthly classical performances by accomplished, world-renown musicians. These have included famous duos and trios, pianists, classical guitarists, and singers, among other award-winning instrumentalists. The events have provided intimate, professional concerts of exceptionally high quality for local audiences who often lack access to classical performances at reasonable prices.
In July 2014, ULTREIA, INC. presented
Informance, an original theatre piece.
The play, created by Rami Sadek,
Yael Prizant, and director Cheryl Turski, used the Living Newspaper style developed in the 1930s to raise today's most pressing questions, about our country, our technology, our work, and our relationships. The piece was
performed by amateur actors and designed by community members. This activity provided a free artistic encounter for the Michiana community.
THE FIRST 40
In 2013 and 2015, ULTREIA, INC. produced THE FIRST 40 community art exhibitions. How it worked: The first forty community artists to submit a piece of art at the Langlab gallery on a given date had their work included in a free public art exhibition. THE FIRST 40 provided area artists an opportunity for collective exhibition, as well as offering the community a chance to see art made locally. ULTREIA, INC. plans to produce this event periodically to help develop and unite local artists.
Throughout 2017, ULTREIA, INC. presented a series of events related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and/or Mathematics - STEAM. These events were focused on topics and demonstrations such as: the physics of musical instruments, the science behind luthiery, and the architectural use of 3D printing in new building designs. These varied activities and presentations were open to all ages and have often included hands-on experiences or workshops.