BlackARTSMatter aims to assert the power of the arts in movements towards justice as Black folks.
The engagement, in conjunction with the opening Suzan-Lori Parks' The America Play, will offer a series of panels, public talks, workshops, and play readings centered on Black experiences and the importance of Black epistemologies and aesthetics. The event will gather artists, activists and thinkers, poised to facilitate dialogue between students, faculty and the community themed around: 1) mobilizing theatre communities around Black Lives Matter; and 2) interrogating the potential of theatre's unique contributions to the Black Lives Matter movement. It will consist of a series of staged readings, performances, speakers, workshops and panels to be shaped in collaboration with each contributor around the above themes.
An array of Black artists, activists and thinkers are invited to come together for this convening to both present their work and strategize new ways of thinking about the integral role of arts in the Black Lives Matter movement.
Dr. Nia Witherspoon
With support by
ASU Performance in the Borderlands
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Dr. Nia WitherspoonConference Creator
Professor, Theatre for the Americas, ASU School of Film, Dance & Theatre
Dahlak BraithwaitePoet / Theatre Artist
Owner, PoeTree Brand
Sharon BridgforthTransdenominational practitioner of theatrical jazz
Mujeres del Sol
Fatimah HalimPresident/CEO, Life Paradigms, Inc.
Performing Artist, Storyteller
David HemphillExecutive Director
The Black Theatre Troupe
Dr. Tamika LambCEO, Savvy Pen
Ansantewa Sunni-AliPostdoctoral Research Associate
Department of African American Studies and Theatre
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Cassandra NicholsonScreenwriter and independent filmmaker
Tia OsoNational Organizer
Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
Sonya PerrymanPerforming Artist
Rashaad ThomasPoet & Writer
Co-Founder, Gutta Collective
BlackPoet VenturesIssim Dark, FlipSide
King Savior, Leah Marché
PressPlayDemi Johnson, Carly Bates,
Kelsey Mines, Mike Pfister
FEB 19-28 | PRESENTED BY ASU PERFORMANCE IN THE BORDER/LANDS
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