Every 28 Hours One-Minute Play Festival

Phase One Oct 20-24, St. Louis County

A Real Life Superhero

Bree Newsome became an Internet and media sensation when she did what many were longing to do but didn’t dare. She scaled a flagpole outside South Carolina's statehouse and brought the flag down, while police officers waited to arrest her below.

Every 28 Hours One-Minute Play Festival

Coming soon across the nation! Oct 20-24!

What is The Ferguson Moment?

We call on artists across the nation to share their responses to the oppression, violence, and resistance to racially motivated police brutality

Resources

Marcia Chatelain, an assistant professor in the Department of History, created the #FergusonSyllabus in response to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Off/Page Project seeks youth poetry on Ferguson, Missouri, shooting

We watch acts of peaceget chopped into pieces by axesand we act as if the worldspins on an axis of silence,our peaceful protest turn to violence.They censor our peace,put sensors by our feetthey prepare for war,they wanna rip us aparttake part in our destructionspilled blood becomes an art,their canvas will be the STL arch. Police cars parked inside of parkswaiting for the child to become too old to slideand decide to reside at the age of 18then he becomes victim of the Utopian liesthen we cryway before the tear gas.--Unique Hughley

https://beta.cironline.org/reports/offpage-project-seeks-youth-poetry-on-ferguson-missouri-shooting/


Thursday, August 21, 2014

THE FERGUSON MOMENT: THE ORIGINAL CALL

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.


 We don’t know what this will turn into but this weekend we have THREE GOALS:



1) SERVE: We are asking artists to hold time on Saturday, August 23 to support community organizations in Ferguson. Current service stops include:
•Greater St. Marks church (9950 Glen Owen Dr, St Louis, MO 63136) @ 10 am
•Vigil at police station (222 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson, MO 63135) @ 12 pm
Peace rally @ 2 pm. (9131 W. Florissant Ave. at Ferguson Rd, Ferguson MO)
More info below.

2) WITNESS: We are asking artists to show up in Ferguson to witness this moment in history. To take it in, to document, to listen and to UPLIFT THE VOICES OF THE PEOPLE OF FERGUSON. More information here.

3) COLLABORATE: We are asking artists to join us on August 24th at 6:00 pm CST at the Regional Arts Commission to spark and organize national artistic response, learn from each other, and share work. All are welcome. Spread the word! More information here.


Want to join us?

ACTIONS:

1) Fill out this form so we can take a “roll call” of interested artists.

2) Come to Ferguson to witness and stand in solidarity.
Folks are asked to please get in touch with local organizations to get your marching orders and be sure you are part of an organized response. Be persistent and patient as information is not always immediately easy to find. Also, please be safe. It’s volatile out there.

Organizations include:
PICO (Twitter: @PicoNetwork)
The Organization for Black Struggle (OBS) (Twitter: @OBS_STL)
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Dream Defenders (Twitter: @DreamDefenders)
Many of the above organizations also have donation opportunities listed on their website, facebook, or Twitter. 
Here is another reputable list of donation opportunities.
Please also see the list below of service organizations and opportunities.

3) Commit to being part of an ongoing, national creative response.

We’ll be in touch as things progress about a coordinated response. In the meantime, consider organizing your own “Ferguson Moment” on Sunday, August 24th – a community forum, dedicated to open discussion about “the art you’re making and the art that you want to make in response to this moment.” Let us know what you're doing by using the "Roll Call" form.


WHO WE ARE:
Claudia Alick, Mica Cole, and Sharifa Johka are producers at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. Megan Sandberg-Zakian is a director based in the Boston, MA area. Jacqueline E. Lawton is playwright, dramaturg, and TCG’s Diversity and Inclusion online curator.

We know each other through Theater Communication Group’s convenings on diversity, inclusion, and equity in the national theater field. What began as a few Facebook statuses about mobilizing an artist response has become an opportunity to organize a national conversation. We’ve been having lots of conversations with Ferguson and St. Louis based artists about timing and the purpose of artists showing up. We know it’s tricky. What started as an impulse to create art with the artists in the St. Louis area has evolved into a call for citizen artists to show up and partner with community service organizations to provide needed support with basic services, as well as to show up in solidarity with the protestors as witnesses/documenters who can lift up voices from within the community and thus offer alternative narratives to our networks and the nation. Thanks for being here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

COLLABORATE

THE FERGUSON MOMENT


SKILL BUILDING / CONTENT CREATION / CREATIVE ACTION

WHEN: Sunday 8/24
Arrive at 6 to begin at 6:30

WHERE: Regional Arts Commission St. Louis
6128 Delmar Blvd, St Louis, MO 63112
http://racstl.org

WHAT: Meet with local and guest artists to spark and organize national artistic response, learn from each other, and share work. We will share performance creation techniques such as Theatre of the Oppressed, Documentary Theatre, Laban Movement, Civic Engagement, Hip Hop, and more.

There will be a focus on performing arts, but ALL ARE WELCOME!

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!

www.facebook.com/events/1484653701774039
Tweet with #FergusonMoment

SERVE


SERVE: We are asking artists to hold time on Saturday, August 23 to support community organizations in Ferguson. Of course, service opportunities are ongoing. Here are some we are currently aware of and have vetted through our team. We will continue to update.


Upcoming Service Opportunities

SATURDAY, 8/23 •Greater St. Marks church (9950 Glen Owen Dr, St Louis, MO 63136) @ 10 am. •Vigil at police station (222 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson, MO 63135) @ 12 pm.
•Peace rally (9131 W. Florissant Ave. at Ferguson Rd, Ferguson) @ 2 pm.

Ongoing Service Opportunities

Wellspring Church in Ferguson needs food, monetary donations, volunteers and supplies for activities for older children for their daytime respite/lunch program. You can donate financially through PayPal on their website, or follow updates on their Facebook page or @Faith4Ferguson on Twitter. Currently both FB and Twitter show lists of the supplies that are most needed and where you can drop them off.
Volunteers can assist with food distribution between 11:00-1:00 Thursday and Friday. Locations for distribution are Griffith Elementary, Airport Elementary, Duchesne Elementary, Holman Elementary, and Wedgewood Elementary. Food will be served outside. All you need to do is show up and food services staff will provide you with instructions.

Mustard Seed Theatre has a supplies drive going on. Check their Facebook for details.


Parents for Peace has volunteer opportunities to support kids who are going back to school. Check their Facebook for details.


Theatre artists based in St. Louis and from out of town are working together to organize workshops aimed at giving folks artistic tools to generate art and respond to what is happening in the community. Check in here to volunteer to help.


WITNESS

This list is a work in progress and organizations have not been vetted by us


Other Artistic gatherings/events to support in Ferguson/ St. Louis



















A Meditation for Compassion, Knowledge, and Understanding

#ChalkedUnarmed | Artists Response to Events in Ferguson

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChalkedUnarmed/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_GmHW7ENXI&feature=youtu.be

Creative Reaction Lab: #Ferguson #RacialInequality 

http://stlouis.aiga.org/event/creative-reaction-lab/

The #BeyondToday: Collective Actions and Commitments

http://beyondtoday.ning.com/actions

Artists Activate in Response to Ferguson Shooting

http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/artists-activate-in-response-to-ferguson-shooting/

PlayMakers PRC2 Series presents"Rodney King" by Roger Guenveur
http://www.playmakersrep.org/rodneyking

#FergusonMoment Artist Gathering
http://thefergusonmoment.blogspot.com/2014/08/collaborate.html