FEB 19-28 | PRESENTED BY ASU PERFORMANCE IN THE BORDER/LANDS
"A people may become great through many means, but there is only one measure by which its greatness is recognized and acknowledged. The final measure of the greatness of all peoples is the amount and standard of the literature and art they have produced.... No people that has produced great literature and art has ever been looked upon by the world as distinctly inferior."
– James Weldon Johnson
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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Conference Creator Professor, Theatre for the Americas, ASU School of Film, Dance & Theatre
Poet / Theatre Artist Owner, PoeTree Brand
Transdenominational practitioner of theatrical jazz
Co-Founder Mujeres del Sol
President/CEO, Life Paradigms, Inc. Performing Artist, Storyteller
Executive Director The Black Theatre Troupe
Founder Rejected Thrifts
CEO, Savvy Pen Performing Artist
Postdoctoral Research Associate Department of African American Studies and Theatre University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Screenwriter and independent filmmaker
National Organizer Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
Poet & Writer Co-Founder, Gutta Collective
Issim Dark, FlipSide King Savior, Leah Marché
Demi Johnson, Carly Bates, Kelsey Mines, Mike Pfister
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