John Kind is a driven, passionate and charismatic artist with a unique approach to his blend of hip-hop, poetry, and existentialism. He has been writing poetry since the age of 9 years old. We were lucky enough to be introduced to John via our funded project the Loop Lab, a Cambridge-based non-profit social enterprise specializing in media arts internships and digital storytelling. Here he shows us how his art allows him to discover hidden truths, and dig deeper.
Like many artists who work in "communities,” Alan Nakagawa does his best by listening. Here he sits down with Hailey Loman (Executive Director of Los Angeles Contemporary Archives) about their work in the multi-disciplinary field of art and archives and how we move away from the "I" and get to the "we" of oral history.
Angelo Baca- a Navajo and Hopi filmmaker, and a PhD candidate in sociocultural anthropology at NYU - speaks of the challenges of COVID-19, and how the recent protests are tipping societal scales of historical trauma back to a semblance of restorative justice.
Denetrick Powers - a young Black man - posing with his masters diploma
Denetrick Powers is the lead art organizer for Redeemer Center for Life's "At Home in Harrison" project (a 2017 ArtPlace funded project). As a curator, poet, and organizer he reflects on the current state of America, American history, and its failures.
Amy Shimshon-Santo’s powerful poem “and still, we are trying — to dream…” documents a few days in revolutionary LA about community, protests, vigils and uprisings. This writer, educator, and urbanist walks the talk in her belief that arts and culture are powerful tools for personal and social transformation. Her interdisciplinary work connects the arts, education, and urban planning.
A community engagement effort in St. James, Minnesota. Photo courtesy of the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership
What happened when the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership - an organization founded with a mission to support the economic development of communities - were asked to integrate of arts and culture into their housing development work? The impact on SWMHP was profound.
Image which reads Covid-19 Resources
In times of crisis it is often hard to find the resources, information, and help we need. From loss of income and cancelling of events to shifting to online meetings and more, the COVID-19 virus is affecting many artists, nonprofits, and communities across the globe. While not comprehensive, we hope the running list of resources below is a start to help mitigate/navigate the effects of the virus (whether it be financial, health, etc) going forward.
The A Sense of Place (Clemmons Family Farm) project uses the power of African-American and African diaspora art and culture to help build a more loving and supportive multicultural community in Vermont, but the pandemic has amplified the inequities that African-Americans live, struggle and die with every day. Learn how the Clemmons Family Farm, one of the handful of Black-led arts and culture nonprofit organizations in the state, are fighting against exclusion to raise funds and push for racial equity.
Image of a fist surrounded by soap bubbles with the words "Soliradidad" above it. "Solidarity"
Christina Patino Houle, co-founder and Chief Architect for Las Imaginistas tells us that COVID-19 has taken people's lives and livelihoods in her community. The messaging to help slow and prevent the spread of the virus is failing to reach historically underserved communities, but in the Rio Grande Valley, artists are taking up the charge, responding to community needs, and are at the front lines of communications.
The worlds Covid-19 Arts Response over several art images
The arts are having a moment. Artists and arts organizations are stepping up to lead individual and community care work all across the country, and what better moment to consolidate the examples than now? Last month, our partners at UFCAM released a Call for Collaboration which developed a growing suite of frameworks, resources, and opportunities for incorporating the arts into COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.
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