Monday, September 15, 2014

THE FERGUSON MOMENT

We call on theatre artists across the nation to spark and organize national artistic response to the oppression, violence, and resistance happening in Ferguson, MO and its relationship to all of our communities and American history. 

We call this THE FERGUSON MOMENT.

The Ferguson Moment is not an organization. It is not an event, a play, a poem, an article, an idea. It has no shared agenda, just a shared community, and a shared desire to respond.

On Saturday August 9, 2014 Mike Brown, an unarmed black teenager was shot by Darren Wilson, a white police officer on the streets of Ferguson, MO. The Ferguson Moment was born from the impulse of theater makers across the nation to spark and organize national artistic responses to the oppression, violence, and resistance happening in Ferguson, MO and its relationship to all of our communities and American history. We recognized our own communities within the community of Ferguson, MO. We communicated with each other by phone, computer, and in person. We've created platforms to share information. We crafted spaces where we can exchange with visual images, voice, dance, theater, and stories. We learn from each other. We do not come from one place. We do not want one thing. While we share experience, our narratives are our own. We will witness. We will serve. We will collaborate artistically. We will do better.

Theater responds. Theater reflects. Theater connects us to our collective humanity. This is the Ferguson Moment. Respond.