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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


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

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


*Send information about your artist project related to the #FergusonMoment to fergusonmoment@gmail.com with the subject heading "PROJECTS", and moderators will post it here pending approval. Please include a description of your project, the folks involved, future plans, any relevant links, etc. Also feel free to include people/skills you are seeking. Please make it clear if you would like us to post your contact information.*

•From Danny Bryck, 9/18:
The United Story Project (http://unitedstory.org/) is asking folks to create a series of events around the country in response to Ferguson. Here's a brief summary:
Step 1: People in different communities interview people where they are about their experience with race in the US, police brutality, etc. Step 2: take those stories and "visualize" them in any medium, meaning transform them artistically, into a docu-theatrical performance, a poem, a piece of music, an edited video, a visualization of quantifiable data, etc. Step 3: aggregate all the "visualizations" of the stories, and share everything in every community where stories were gathered, either at a house party, or an art gallery, or any venue where people can gather and experience the stories both from their own communities and all the others that participated, then engage in a discussion about what action they as a community can take, and envision some kind of response project together.
Contact Cambrie Nelson at cnelson@unitedstory.org for more information, or Danny Bryck at dpbryck@gmail.com if you want to collaborate in Boston or New York. 

•From Danny Bryck, 9/18:
A call from Off/Page Project for original poetry by young people that reflects how events in Ferguson resonate with them. Here's how you can participate:
   Write an original poem inspired by the following prompts: How do the events in Ferguson, Missouri, compare to what you experience in your own community? What does it mean to feel safe in your community? Upload either the text of your poem or a YouTube video link of your performance your poem through a form on the website. Encourage friends to do the same through social media. Be sure to tag @OffPageProject.
   For more info or to submit: https://beta.cironline.org/reports/offpage-project-seeks-youth-poetry-on-ferguson-missouri-shooting/


*Send any original artistic work you want to share that responds to the #FergusonMoment - poems, songs, images, videos, etc. - to fergusonmoment@gmail.com with the subject heading "SALON." Moderators will post work here pending approval.*

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Poems for Ferguson: Vanessa Huang and Aya de Leon

How Do I Love Thee? A love poem from the Ferguson, MO police dept to Black residents: An informal emulation of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43
by Aya de Leon
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee with the blooming red rose of police bullets to thy firstborn sons.
Like a coy and unsigned suitor’s note leaving thee to wonder exactly who sent these flowers.
I love thee in the full knighthood of riot gear body armor that exposes only my amorous motives.
I love thee with the sharp cracking kiss of a baton on your tender temple, wrist, shoulder…
I love thee with the seductive siren perfume of tear gas.
I love thee with the steady, rumbling march of tanks on residential city streets.
I love thee with the warm, heavy-armed embrace of curfew and martial law.
I love thee with the sly lover’s denial in public, all the better to heighten my passion in night’s clandestine shadows.
And when thou would protest against my love with smoke and gas-choked breath,
I shall but love thee better after death.

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Monday, September 1, 2014



The content on this page is inspired by 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. 

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 and art makers across the nation to spark and organize national artistic responses to the oppression, violence, and resistance happening throughout the United States. 

We recognized moments from own communities in the community of Ferguson, MO. We communicate with each other by phone, computer, and in person. We've created platforms to share information. We exchange through our artistic practices. 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.

The Ferguson Moment is not an organization or group. It is not a single event, play, poem, film, song, or idea. We are sharing our work with each other.  We are responding to injustice

Each post on this site is about artistic response to the issues of extrajudicial violence and executions and the continued negative effects of policies of white supremacy in the United States. Some of the content on this page is sourced from links shared on The Ferguson Moment Group, over social media, and messages emailed directly to thefergusonmoment @ gmail. Please share what you are doing, collaborate with others and keep creating work about this moment in history.

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


‘The Talk,’ a poem inspired by Ferguson, Mo.

 August 15
Jabari Asim is executive editor of the Crisis magazine, published by the NAACP. He was a Washington Post Book World editor from 1996 to 2007.

It’s more than time we had that talk
about what to say and where to walk,
how to act and how to strive,
how to be upright and stay alive.
How to live and how to learn,
how to dig and be dug in return.
When to concede and when to risk,
how to handle stop and frisk:
Keep your hands where they can see
and don’t reach for your ID
until they request it quite clearly.
Speak politely and answer sincerely.
The law varies according to where you are,
whether you’re traveling by foot or driving a car.
It won’t help to be black and proud,
nor will you be safer in a crowd.
Keeping your speech calm and restrained,
ask if, in fact, you’re being detained.
If the answer is no, you’re free to go.
If the answer is yes, remained unfazed
to avoid being choked, shot or tased.
Give every cop your ear, but none your wit;
don’t tempt him to fold, spindle, mutilate, hit
or otherwise cause pain
to tendons, bones, muscles, brain.
These are things you need to know
if you want to safely come and go.
But still there is no guarantee
that you will make it home to me.
Despite all our care and labor,
you might frighten a cop or a neighbor
whose gun sends you to eternal sleep,
proving life’s unfair and talk is cheap.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Ferguson Moment organizers

Artists who participated in first Ferguson Moment direct action 2014

Claudia Alick is a theater-maker based in Ashland Oregon 

Danny Bryck is a theater-maker based in Boston and NY

Mica Cole is a theater-maker based in Ashland Oregon 


Jacqueline Lawton is a theater-maker based in Washington, DC www.jacquelinelawton.com/

Rebecca Martinez is a theater-maker based in Brooklyhn, NY

Katy Rubin is a theater-maker based in New York


Megan Sandberg-Zakian is a theater-maker based in Somerville, MA