During the summer of 1996, the President of the Bartram Village Tenants Coalition invited Ewart to work with the children of Philadelphia’s Bartram Village 4H Club to make musical instruments. They would perform on their instruments during an event that brought together a large variety of Philadelphia’s performing groups and individuals to Bartram’s Garden. During the following two summers, Ewart returned to Philadelphia to conduct numerous workshops at three different sites. The festival had become a “constellation of stars” for residents of culturally underserved areas. Crepuscule (pronounced kre’-pu-skewl) provides a space for artists and laypersons/novices of all ages and skill levels to perform all kinds of creative art forms and disciplines, including music, dance, storytelling, karate, Tai Chi, theatre, poetry, and other art forms from many cultures.
Washington Park in Chicago and Powderhorn Park in Minnesota are transformed each year during the twilight of the autumnal season, becoming an oasis of beauty, sounds, and community, bring together many different people form a variety of ethnic, soci-economic, political, religious and artistic backgrounds. Children and adults alike look forward to the annual festival, where they can meet to perform and reconnect with members from different communities and neighborhoods.
Today, area residents, policy-makers, community activist, and public and private fenders see Crepuscule as a symbol of optimism, vision and pragmatism in community building and revitalization.
Expanding the Impact: From Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Chicago to Paris.
In 2004, Crepuscule made its first international connection when it’s founder, Douglas R. Ewart, traveled to Paris France to work with immigrant communities in the suburbs of Paris. He was able to transform an ordinary school grounds into a place of remarkable beauty, movement and sounds with performances by several bands, community organizations and schools. Realizing murals, ceramics items, homemade musical instruments, costumes, etc. This project has become part of an ongoing relationship and exchange between Ewart and Paris communities. Ewart continues to expand Crepuscule globally, assisting communities that struggle to redefine themselves and to build connections across boundaries of culture, class, gender and ethnicity.