A CREATIVE HUB TO HELP EDUCATE AGAINST AND DISMANTLE SYSTEMIC RACISM
As artists, it is our responsibility to effect change through our creations. The recent murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has resulted in the whole world standing up and paying attention. Conversations about systemic racism, white privilege and white supremacy are being undertaken in ways that we have not seen before, and it feels that the globe is finally pushing back against a system that disproportionately benefits a few at the oppression of so many.
The purpose of this page is to educate through the arts. To present a true representation of the world and start to shift the needle on years of institutionalized racism and inequality. This is a space for all voices, all nationalities and all races to share stories, opinions and work towards a common goal.
The goal is to dismantle the structures of oppression that have been the foundation of our societies for hundreds of years. To raise awareness and learn from each other, until equality of voice is the new normal and under representation is a thing that we can talk about in our history books.
SPOKEN WORD HIGHLIGHT
I CAN'T BREATHE BY TIERRE CALDWELL
Tierre Caldwell is an author, poet, activist and a Reentry Employment Navigator for The Power of People Leadership Institute the largest and most successful reentry organization in Minnesota. He partners with the Federal Community Outreach Program where he speaks to middle and high school students about drug prevention and the opioid epidemic.
He serves on the ACLU Smart Justice Campaign Advisory Board and is a steadfast advocate for criminal justice and prison reform in the fight to end mass incarceration. He has been adamant in the battle to end technical violations, prison reform and restoring the right for felons to vote once released back into society.
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
This latest initiative has been set up by UK artist Chantay James. (artworkbytay) Her aim is to shine the spotlight on the white washing of the arts industry. Read her excerpt below.
𝐒𝐔𝐏𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓 𝐁𝐋𝐀𝐂𝐊 𝐅𝐄𝐌𝐀𝐋𝐄 𝐀𝐑𝐓𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐒 𝐓𝐎𝐎
Institutional racism covers all branches of the established and respected forces within society making it less perceptible due to its subtle nature. It is extremely damaging to Black individuals across all platforms whether through job seeking, education, wealth, income, housing, health care, politics AND the criminal justice system.
This however, is not an excuse for staying silent on these issues due to its covertness. In fact, this is the REASON to recognise and critique those institutions whilst SUPPORTING Black people within these systems. INCLUDING ARTISTS.
The Art industry continues to white wash its hierarchy from artists, pr, curators, designers, galleries, retail employees etc.
From the hundreds of white individual artists whose work is displayed within Top galleries. To the 5 or less black artists who help ‘tick’ the diversity gap – Most of these being black men.
We see this reoccurring pattern throughout the industry. We question if times are really changing and if so how painfully slow?
Follow Chantay,Tag, and share the work of black female artists as part of this inspiring project.
COLLECTIVES MAKING A DIFFERENCE
ROHO COLLECTIVE MINNEAPOLIS
ROHO collective based in Minneapolis, is a network for the exchange of knowledge between visual artists of colour in the Midwest. They serve as a consolidated voice and platform for both emerging and professional artists of colour by providing a place for development in technical skills, professional growth and business opportunities.
They take responsibility in ensuring the communities are educated about the value of the arts in our society and advocate for the arts both locally and nationally.
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Using the Anitafrika Method, participants are, encouraged to work at their own pace in a holistic gathering and healing of physical, spiritual, creative, metaphysical, political and ethical selves.
The Anitafrika Method is a holistic, critically-reflexive, decolonial praxis created by d’bi.young anitafrika. It is a practitioner-centred arts-based intervention that nurtures self-recovery, creativity & communityship. Fundamental principles of the framework are Self-Knowledge, Politics, Orality, Language, Rhythm, Urgency, Sacredness, Integrity and Experience, explored through the Energy, Spiritual, Mental, Community, Emotional, Exchange, Creative, Physical and Earth Bodies.
d’bi.young anitafrika is a London-based international Dub Poet, Theatre Interventionist and Decolonial Scholar who is committed to creating and nurturing art that ritualises acts of recovery from violence inflicted upon the people and the planet.
WHAT TO WATCH
Other Cinema is a project set up to share the films and stories of non-white people in spaces and ways which aren’t alienating to these communities. They focus on films and documentaries by established non-white filmmakers and invite them to share their journeys, struggles and successes in the field. Other Cinemas also champions new and emerging non-white filmmakers in the hopes of building spaces and connections which are sustaining to these filmmakers who often struggle in a sector which is hostile to them. Other Cinemas was established by Turab Shah and Arwa Aburawa, two filmmakers who wanted to make the world of film more accessible to non-white communities in London.
The National Theater are screening Small Island for free until June 25th. Don’t miss this amazing performance
Embark on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, from the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury, in this moving stage adaptation of Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel.
Shemelle Soyebo, also known as SoyShem, is a fine artist based in London. Born with the gift of being able to inspire and empower through her bold and bright paintings depicting powerful people of colour in her community.
Tiffany Lambert is a New York-born artist, raised in London to Antiguan parents. Her work explores the meanings and expressions of light, space patterns, and colour. Her background in Psychology & Sociology spurs her interests in semantics, societies, and black British narratives.
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