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


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

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Weekend of resistance art

Join us for an informal report back with organizers recently returned from the coordinated weekend of actions in Ferguson, Missouri. Having stood in solidarity with local community groups fighting for racial justice and police accountability, these activists have important stories to share about how to sustain this movement moment and support related efforts in NYC.

This event is in conjunction with the planning for October 22nd events in New York City - The National Day to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalisation of a Generation. We'll use the time to consider lessons learned as we prepare for a day of non-violent protest along side families affected by police violence. Artists be will working in the Mayday space all weekend long (10/18-10/20) and attendees are invited to stay after the event to help finish artwork and sign making for the day of action.

William Sylvester from Question Bridge: Black Males

Keeshan Harley, a 19 year old member of Make the Road New York

Dragonfly from Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping

Rebel Diaz and the RDAC.BX

Informal Panel starts at 6:30pm
Art Build: 8 pm
Events for folks in NY:
‪#‎FergusonOctober‬ Report Back and Art Build Tonight (Monday) 6:30 Mayday Space 214 Starr St.
‪#‎Ferguson2Palestine‬: Conversations and Action in NYC Tomorrow (Tuesday) 7:00 Church of St. Luke & St. Matthew 520 Clinton Ave. BK
Black Lives Matter: ‪#‎NYCStandsWithFerguson‬ art showcase 6:30 Mayday Space 214 Starr St.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Artists Respond

Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Artists Respond. This is an important documentary that establishes the diversity of the art and artists; and that captures interpretations of the events of August 9, 2014 and the aftermath. Significantly, this documentary evidence also captures the parallels of Michael Brown's killing with those of black men and women in generations past.


Why this Exhibition?

The Alliance issued the call in August 2014 under the banner Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Artists Respond. The Alliance invited visual artists to respond to the killing of 18-year old Michael Brown, Jr. in Ferguson, MO and to the worldwide reaction of the public, law enforcement and the media. This historic awakening, with Ferguson, MO as “ground zero” compelled Freida L. Wheaton, founder of the Alliance, to initiate St. Louis artistic documentation of the ensuing events as protest art. 

“Protest Art” has historically been a means of documenting social and political movements, and we are calling upon all artists to bring their voice – visual art – to the Movement. We are recording what future generations will view as “Ferguson:” not the St. Louis County municipality, but a 21st Century Movement for law and justice.

What issues were artists asked to consider?
The artists interpreted the Michael Brown killing and Ferguson without restrictions. Within the context of Hands Up, Don’t Shoot the overriding issues were civil rights, voting, oppression, justice issues, prosecutorial conduct, free speech, racial disparities, police brutality, community empowerment, the right to assemble, and other issues.

The Alliance of Black Art Galleries (the Alliance) was founded August 20, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. The organizers expressed a shared focus of exhibiting culturally relevant art and supporting artists whose career aspirations would benefit from broader exposure in galleries. The three primary reasons for starting the Alliance were: (1) to identify areas of cooperation and collaboration; (2) to share information of mutual interest; (3) and to express and demonstrate publicly the mutual support the galleries have for each other. 

Freida L. Wheaton, J D
Curator, Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Artists Respond
Founder, Alliance of Black Art Galleries
Owner and curator, Salon 53, a private residential art gallery.

The venues with exhibitions opening October 17, 2014

10th Street Gallery
419 N. 10th Street, St. Louis, MO 63101
Reception Friday, 10/17, 6-8pm

14th Street Artist Community Gallery 
2607/09 14th Street, St. Louis, MO 63106
Reception Friday, 10/17, 6-9pm

Exodus Gallery
5075 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108
Reception and films Saturday, 10/18, 5-7pm

Ferguson Municipal Public Library
35 N. Florissant Rd., Ferguson, MO 63135
Reception Friday, 10/17, 1:30-3 pm 

The Griot Museum of Black History
2505 St Louis Ave, St Louis, MO 63106
Reception Saturday, 10/18, 2-4pm

L. D. Ingrum Gallery & Studio 
4937 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108
Reception Saturday, 10/18, 3-5pm

Portfolio Gallery & Educational Center
3514 Delmar Blvd, St Louis, MO 63103
Reception Friday, 10/17, 5-7pm

Regional Arts Commission
6128 Delmar Blvd, St Louis, MO 
Reception Saturday, 10/18, 4-6pm

Saint Louis University Museum of Art
3663 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108 
Reception Friday, 10/17, 5-7pm

Scott Joplin House State Historic Site
2658 Delmar Blvd, St Louis, MO 63103 
Reception and films Saturday, 11/15, 3-6pm

St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley Gallery ADMIN 
3400 Pershall Rd., Florissant, MO 63135
Gallery Talk & Reception Wednesday, 11/19, 1:30 pm

St. Louis Public Library at Central 
Carnegie Room
1301 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63103
Reception Friday, 10/17, 3-5pm 

University of Missouri at St. Louis - Gallery FAB 
201 Fine Arts Building, Normandy, MO 63121
Reception Saturday, 10/18, 1-3pm

Vaughn Cultural Center
3701 Grandel Square, St Louis, MO 63108 
Reception Friday, 10/17, 7-9pm

The City of Ferguson (deemed a Venue)
Ferguson, Missouri 63135

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Script Analysis: No Screaming Matches, No Riot Police by Julie Rada

"Minutes before going in to teach my first Script Analysis class, with butterflies in my stomach, new to this university, new to this community, I was troubled by the predictable hustle-and-bustle of a new school year—business as usual. I was struck by how easily we move on with our own lives without acknowledging loss and turmoil elsewhere. In this case, though my feet were in Salt Lake City, my mind was in Ferguson, Missouri.
When we teach, how do we discuss something truly important? Specifically, how could I talk about the murder of an unarmed black man the same age as my students?  I asked myself: What is taught in the not teaching? What is not covered in a course? When we omit difficult conversations or troubling current events, what does that teach students about what is important, worthy of attention, urgent? I had to find a way to address Ferguson within the context of my class..."
- See more at: http://howlround.com/script-analysis-no-screaming-matches-no-riot-police#sthash.3akUPgQZ.dpuf

Monday, October 13, 2014

Situation #6 from CITIZEN by Claudia Rankine in collaboration with John Lucas.

Situation #6 from CITIZEN by Claudia Rankine in collaboration with John Lucas.