Dear Friends and Supporters,
So much to share from the past few months… it’s been a busy and productive time. For those of you who are visual or performance artists, please see below for an opportunity to contribute to an event I’m planning on International Human Rights Day. NYC based fam, I’ll be participating in a not-to-be-missed event at the Brooklyn Museum this weekend. And more, more, more…
See you in the whirlwind,
Art + Activism
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Open Season is an event that combines art and creative conversation with nationally recognized experts about race and the culture of policing in America. The inaugural session will be held on December 10, 2014-International Human Rights Day. The Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center, in partnership with Dancing While Black, is pleased to offer an opportunity for performance and visual artists to become a part of this immersive experience.
WANTED: Imaginative, provocative visual and performance art on the topics of community, confinement, race and gender. We encourage submissions that address these themes in a creative and expansive way.
Artists of color who are working in dance, performance, photography, multimedia installation, animation, illustration, painting or drawing. Performance work should be performance ready in a small or unconventional space, no longer than five minutes, require minimal setup and technical support. For visual art submissions, please send up to ten images saved as a pdf portfolio labeled with your lastname_firstname. We encourage submissions from artists who have personal experience with the criminal justice system, including people who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated and their family members.
Please prepare a PDF portfolio of no more than 10 images and/or a link to a 5 minute performance you would like us to consider. Include:
- a 150 word description of the work and why it should be included in Open Season;
- a resume and 150 word bio;
- Performance Artists: A list of technical requirements;
- Visual Artists: List of images by number that includes artist name, name of work, medium, dimensions, and date.
Complete submissions should be sent to (OpenSeasonSubmission@gmail.com) no later than 11:59 p.m. on November 12, 2014.
The Human Rights Project is grateful for the support of our event co-sponsors Angela’s Pulse and the NYU Prison Education Program.
Press + Conferences
It was a thrill to have my career and journeys to over 35 countries highlighted in Parlour Magazine’s Travel Seven section. This feature showcases a diverse array of travelers, I encourage you to page through to read how and where we are showing up in the world.
Also in media news, I wrote an article about my trip to Ferguson and participated in local report backs about the happenings down there. You can read that article and see some images from my trip on the Huffington Post.
Archived audio of my latest episode of The Spin, hosted by Esther Armah and also featuring Glynda Carr is now available. We discussed a variety of current topics including Stand Your Ground, Ebola and the Black vote. The show, recently named one of the top 6 podcasts by Clutch Magazine, is broadcast nationally and in Accra, Ghana.
In October, I participated in a national conference on art and prisons at Rutgers University called Marking Time. I spoke about my work designing and developing the Prison to College Pipeline program in Washington D.C. during a session called Best Practices: Arts, Prisons and Community Engagement.
Finally, I’m pleased to report that The Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center co-sponsored Breaking Silence: A Hearing on Girls of Color, a standing room only forum at Columbia University School of Law. HRP also held two webinars with leading practitioners of art rooted in social change, comedian DLo and dancer/ choreograher Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.
On November 8, 2014 | 2PM – I will be at the Brooklyn Museum to moderate a panel called Mythologies of the Diva: Reexamining the Image of Black Women in Pop-Culture.
As noted in the press release, “MAPP International Productions and 651 ARTS in association with the Brooklyn Museum present Triple Consciousness: Black Feminism(s) in the Time of Now, a three part program: October 18; November 8; and November 15 at 2PM at the Brooklyn Museum. The series delves into the current themes and manifestations of Black female identity in mainstream media. Participants will include scholars, educators, artists, writers, activists and cultural workers that will engage the audience in a thorough investigation into the current culture of Black women.
The goal of Triple Consciousness is to explore creative, visionary, and transformative ideas that support the holistic empowerment and vitality of Black women. All events begin at 2PM and are free with Museum admission. For more information, visit www.brooklynmuseum.org.”