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Stateside: How COVID changed school; Detroit’s Chef of the Year; first Black theatre in Grand Rapids

Mar 19, 2021

Edye Evans-Hyde is Executive Director and Founder of Grand Rapids’ Ebony Road Players. Ebony Road’s encore performance of the play Anne and Emmett, an imagined conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till, is running this weekend online.
Credit Ebony Road Players

Today on Stateside, education systems had to reimagine learning in K-12 schools during the pandemic. Did those systems rise to the occasion? Plus, we meet a chef in Detroit who retooled by organizing restaurateurs to fill gaps in food security.

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The pandemic upended K-12 education. Some teachers caution against a return to “normal.”

  • Matinga Ragatz is an education consultant and a frequent guest on Stateside.
  • Jessyca Matthews is a high school teacher in Flint.

Detroit Free Press “Chef of the Year” helped fill gaps in food systems during the pandemic

  • Chef Phil Jones is the 2021 Detroit Free Press Chef of the year. He’s a longtime area chef who’s headed up major kitchens in Detroit, and also started the Detroit Food Policy Council in an effort to tackle regional food insecurity.

How the founder of the Ebony Players in Grand Rapids discovered her love of theatre

  • Edye Evans-Hyde is the Executive Director and founder of Grand Rapids’ Ebony Road Players.
  • Creating Connection series was produced by Elizabeth Meister and Dan Collison at Long Haul Productions and funded by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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