The Life Behind The Portrait: Paul Robeson

October 9, 2022 - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Portrait by Robert Shetterly. Currently on view in the Without Courage There Are No Other Virtues exhibition.

Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company (PRPAC) and Syracuse Community Choir ensemble (SCC) combine talents to bring the portrait of Paul Robeson’s artistry and activism to life, featuring young “Word Warriors” from the Jackie Warren Moore Festival.

Sliding Scale Admission: $5 or $10 donation at the door (no one will be turned away)

ArtRage is following CDC guidance for Onondaga County and asks everyone to wear a mask at this event.


Ethan Kotoklo, Sam Rowser, and Charles Anderson as Paul Robeson

Narration by: Anne Childress and Karin Franklin-King.

Voice of Youth: Hi’Zharria “Z” Harper, Nya Jordan, and Ethan Kotoklo 

Music by: Kath Fathers, Marcia Hagan and Karen Mihalyi.

Followed by an performer talk-back and light refreshments.

The Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company is celebrating its 40th anniversary!

In 1982, with opportunities for African-American actors, dancers, singers, writers, directors, technicians, and audiences lacking in Syracuse, William H. Rowland II and Roy E. Delemos founded The Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company Inc. (PRPAC) to enhance the life of the community with the richness and variety of African-American culture. They named it in honor of Paul Robeson (1898-1976), the multi-talented performer and activist whose passion for excellence on the stage, screen, in musical concert, and social justice in society embodied what they hoped to accomplish.