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, January 10, 2015

New "Black Lives Matter" exhibit brings race conversation to Art Walk

New "Black Lives Matter" exhibit brings race conversation to Art Walk

Photographer Rossie Newson is expanding upon that inarguable statement with a show during St. Pete's Second Saturday Art Walk tomorrow at the Carter G. Woodson African-American Museum at 2240 9th Ave. S. St. Petersburg MS

His collection, entitled "Black Lives Matter," makes its point using the faces of locals, some who make a difference and others who have the potential to do so.

Read more here... http://cltampa.com/politicalanimal/archives/2015/01/09/new-black-lives-matter-exhibit-brings-race-conversation-to-art-walk#.VLRxU2TF8VE

Friday, January 9, 2015

Yarn Bombing L.A. to post 'Black Lives Matter' outside craft museum


The craft collective Yarn Bombing L.A. installed its latest message outside the Craft and Folk Art Museum. (Yarn Bombing L.A.) by TRE'VELL ANDERSON

Known for its knitted graffiti across the city, Yarn Bombing Los Angeles is back with a political message: The collective said it will display the words “Black Lives Matter” on the fence of the Craft and Folk Art Museum starting Monday, its way of supporting the national movement against police brutality and the killings of unarmed African Americans.

The Yarn Bombing L.A. installation, as seen from the sidewalk, with the Craft and Folk Art Museum in the background. (Yarn Bombing L.A.) “With what’s been happening in the United States in the past year, we felt that there are spaces which are not safe for certain members of our community,” said Carol Zou, “head poncho” of Yarn Bombing L.A. “That’s something we wanted to address.”

The art installation is part of the group's revival of its Urban Letters project, a Tumblr page where community members can suggest messages they want turned into knitted displays in public areas around Los Angeles. The site and the subsequent work they do, Zou said, helps to change “the way we look at public space and who gets to access that.”

Read more here... http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-yarn-bombing-cafam-black-lives-matter-urban-letters-20150107-story.html

"Black Lives Matter: A Night of Conscious Poetry"

From Kyla Gardner
A night of poetry centered on the Black Lives Matter movement will take place Sunday at an Austin cultural center...hosted by Awthentik Poetry at Sankofa Cultural Arts Center in Chicago

Read more here... http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150108/austin/black-lives-matter-poetry-night-be-held-austin-sunday

Monday, January 5, 2015



WHAT: A round-up of some artistic responses to police violence featuring projects at SOMArts & beyond 
WHO: collected by Elena Gross

Artist Dread Scott performing “On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide,” 2014. Photo credit, Dread Scott

Across the country these past few weeks, people have taken to the streets to protest the no-indictment verdicts for police officers in the shooting deaths of two unarmed black men, Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Police brutality in this country is nothing new but increasingly painful for communities of color. Now, perhaps more than ever, is the time many of us look upon the power of art to bring visibility and recognition to these traumas, and to become a source of potential healing. All around the nation are stories of artists addressing these continued injustices. Here is a small list of articles discussing artists at SOMArts and beyond speaking back to police brutality in their work.

Read More here... http://www.somarts.org/artistsrespond/