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Animating Democracy Session Two | HowlRound Theatre Commons

Art2Action and Animating Democracy introduced Artwork, Race, and Dialogue, the second occasion within the collection Animating Democracy: REFLECTING FORWARD, livestreaming on the worldwide, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV community at howlround.television on Thursday 13 October 2022 at 1 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 3 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 4 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

For greater than 20 years, Animating Democracy, a program of People for the Arts, has created areas for vital alternate and catalytic studying within the discipline. In supporting tasks on the bottom, so many points and questions had been raised and addressed by artists, cultural organizations, and their neighborhood companions. Many of those points and questions persist, however in a modified and extra charged context. In three fall occasions, the Animating Democracy: Reflecting Ahead collection considers the follow and progress of community-based and socially/civically-engaged artwork and tradition over latest a long time and its promise now and into the longer term. Every session brings collectively trailblazing artists and cultural leaders from Animating Democracy’s founding years and a brand new technology of modern practitioners and thought leaders from the humanities and different sectors. By the lens of their work, featured audio system and artists will assist articulate vital questions of the day and for the way forward for arts and tradition work as a spark, invitation, and house for social and civic change.

Watch the livestream on this web page, or register right here to affix the Zoom room, obtain reminders, and request a free copy of the groundbreaking e-book Civic Dialogue, Arts & Tradition: Findings from Animating Democracy.


Session Two: Artwork, Race, and Dialogue

Within the context of numerous murders of Black individuals, racially-motivated assaults on Asian and Arab People, and persevering with systemic and structural racism towards Black, Indigenous/First Nations, and folks of shade communities, artwork and artists can advance significant, transformative dialogue and racial reckoning. What ought to our expectations be for artwork as a change agent, and what’s the function of dialogue on this pursuit? How can artwork be most potent and efficient in disrupting entrenched patterns of considering and feeling? What are the fulcrum factors on the trail to alter? The artists and leaders on this session discover this path, from deepening understanding, to shifting minds and hearts, to therapeutic historic wounds, to advancing actions, insurance policies, and systemic and structural change. Addressing themes of emotional intelligence, culpability and complicity, and apology and forgiveness, Kim Pevia will facilitate an alternate between artists Katrina Browne and James Scruggs. By the lens of their radically totally different inventive approaches, they may study the function of artwork to disrupt narratives, reveal complicity, deepen dialogue, and make progress towards reality and reconciliation.

With launching help from Animating Democracy, Katrina Browne produced and directed the documentary movie Traces of the Commerce: A Story from the Deep North, initially created for white audiences to help intragroup dialogue about white privilege. Within the movie, having discovered that Katrina’s New England ancestors had been the most important slave-trading household in United States historical past, she and 9 cousins retraced the Triangle Commerce on a literal journey from Bristol, Rhode Island to Ghana, to Cuba, and gained highly effective new views on the historic and lasting affect of the trans-Atlantic slave commerce on race relations and systemic racism in america as we speak. The movie has been extensively disseminated for fifteen years, with vital sustained involvement by Katrina and relations, as an academic and dialogue catalyst, in reparations efforts and different contexts.

James Scruggs creates large-scale, topical, theatrical, multi-media work taking a look at troublesome problems with race and inequity, typically deploying satire and humor to impress emotion and thought. Considered one of his previous works, 3/Fifths’ Supremacyland, takes its title from the “three-fifths compromise” of 1787, which counted slaves as solely three-fifths an individual. In 3/Fifths, James created a radically interactive, immersive expertise of white privilege that permits you to select your race once you get within the door. In his multi-year, multi-project dedication to addressing race in america, different works embrace Disposable Males and Trapped in a Touring Minstrel Present. Whereas his work could implicate the viewer and trigger discomfort, by means of artistic units he seeks to create an engaged house that doesn’t hurt. His new work in growth explores what reality and reconciliation would seem like in america if we achieved it.


Extra Concerning the Artists

Katrina Browne produced and directed the Emmy-nominated movie Traces of the Commerce: A Story from the Deep North with co-directors Alla Kovgan and Jude Ray, and co-producers Juanita Brown and Elizabeth Delude-Dix. The documentary follows Browne and 9 kinfolk on a journey to reckon with their slave-trading ancestors from Rhode Island, the hidden historical past of the U.S. North’s complicity in slavery, and questions of privilege and restore as we speak. Traces premiered at Sundance in 2008, after which aired nationwide on the PBS collection P.O.V. Within the final fifteen years, it has contributed considerably to rising public consciousness of the function of the North in slavery. Among the many many ripple results was the movie’s contribution to the Episcopal Church’s choice to apologize and atone for its function in slavery. Katrina has traveled extensively with the movie to varsities, universities, museums, religion establishments, {and professional} conferences, for instance, serving to to enhance how slavery is taught in colleges and interpreted at historic websites. The work has been funded by the Kellogg Basis, the Ford Basis, together with a seminal grant from Animating Democracy, a program of People for the Arts, amongst many others. Since 2018, Katrina has labored for the Episcopal Church. She authored a film-based race dialogue collection for congregations known as Sacred Floor that has been accomplished by greater than twenty thousand individuals. As a dancer with InterPlay, she is moved to be a part of a neighborhood of individuals exploring embodied knowledge about race, racism, and whiteness.

Kim Pevia is an skilled life strategist, an attractive keynote speaker, and a talented, experiential-styled, transformational workshop facilitator. Her firm, Ok.A.P. Interior Prizes, focuses on figuring out and addressing the problems that may preserve us caught by frequently creating a customized toolbox to assist us hurdle over them. Her favourite work is finished in circles. Her favourite subjects embrace: emotional intelligence, presents of battle, impacts of historic trauma, cultural therapeutic, and the innocuous nature of worry, most of which she contains in race, fairness and inclusion work. She serves on many native, state, and nationwide boards that help neighborhood activism and the native financial system by means of arts, meals, tradition, and tourism. She is the President of the Board of Alternate ROOTS, a company of activist artists within the South. Born and educated in Baltimore, Maryland, she at present lives in Robeson County, North Carolina, the place her roots run deep as a member of the Lumbee Tribe. She is a author and the founding father of Artist Market-Pembroke, offering retail alternatives for native and regional artists in southeastern North Carolina. Her love of neighborhood and movies led her to be the curator of the annual Lumbee Movie Pageant (together with Cucalorus Movie Pageant of Wilmington), and the month-to-month CommUnity Cinema (in partnership with Working Movies).

James Scruggs is a author, performer, producer, and screenwriter who creates large-scale, topical, theatrical, multi-media, and digital work targeted on inequity or gender politics. In 2018, he created MELT!, a site-specific immersive, interactive, satirical work commissioned by The Excessive Line. He was awarded a 2015 MAP Grant and a 2016 Inventive Capital Grant, to create 3/Fifths. Carried out in Might 2017, it was a totally immersive, interactive ethno-theme park, exploring race and racism known as SupremacyLand. His November 2017 Trapped in a Touring Minstrel Present was about how unarmed Black males are nonetheless feared and legally killed. It acquired an Elliot Norton Award for Excellent Fringe Manufacturing in Boston. He not too long ago produced and carried out a digital piece known as Extreme Clear, exploring the restricted decisions that individuals trapped within the World Commerce Heart had been confronted with. James Scruggs is an lively member of The Filmshop Writers Den and the Harlem TV Writers Group. He was chosen as one among eighteen writers to carry an authentic theatrical work to The Apollo within the Spring of 2022. He’s at present engaged on a theatrical social justice mission, Off The Document (co-commissioned by Art2Action, ArtsEmerson, The Heart at West Park, and the Nationwide Efficiency Community) which confronts head on the consequences of mass incarceration. In New York Metropolis, Boston, and Tampa, three to 5 BIPOC with legal data shall be recognized, paired with a lawyer, and have their data expunged, and their tales shall be shared theatrically. James Scruggs has a BFA in Movie from College of Visible Arts.

Save the dates for the ultimate session of the collection!

Session Three: Creative Creativeness as a Pressure for Change
Friday 18 November, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET (New York, UTC -4)
That includes: adrienne maree brown, writer and writer-in-residence on the Emergent Technique Ideation Institute, and choreographer Jawole Zollar, founder and visioning accomplice of City Bush Girls, facilitated by tradition strategist Sage Crump

Art2Action’s web site with full collection particulars.



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