#BlackLivesMatter Series

GAF 2014 #BlackLivesMatter Finale on April 17, 2015 FB Event Link




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The Gallatin Arts Festival team and key collaborators including members of the Prison Education Program and Incarceration to Education Coalition, have come together out of the urgency of our times. This year has proved once again that Black lives are not protected by our justice system. With the non-indicted cases of Eric Garner and Mike Brown, protests and die-ins erupting nation-wide, and countless lives of women and men, trans and cis, taken by police officers, this is a crucial time for the NYU and NYC communities to engage in critical dialogue surrounding the lineage of our violent white patriarchal supremacist system while also living and imaging a world we want to live in. We will therefore be hosting a series of workshops that does just this through politically engaged artistic practice. 

We will start the series with an Open Call event where interested artists, activists, and concerned folks gather to share excerpts of artistic works and project ideas they have conceived of around the #BlackLivesMatter movement. To follow up, we will invite the same as well as additional participants to engage in artist-led participatory workshops where they will unpack an issue and explore ways of developing artistic projects around the chosen issue, refining their own work or creating new work. 

We will culminate our series in a presentation of selected artistic works at the Gallatin Arts Festival on Friday, April 17. Works will engage with themes and questions that #BlackLivesMatter invokes, including but not limited to police brutality, the prison industrial complex, the school to prison pipeline, racial justice activism, and visions for new systems and ways of organizing.