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, May 2, 2015

Prince records tribute to Baltimore and Freddie Gray

The artwork for Prince’s song for Baltimore. Photograph: Paisley Park

Singer’s publicist says that he has recorded a song that addresses the riots in the wake of the death of the 25-year-old in police custody

Read more here: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/may/01/prince-records-tribute-baltimore-freddie-gray


Source: Facebook OurNature‎ BALTIMORE ARTIVIST MARCH


5:30 - ALL AGE DANCE PARTY W/DJ K-META @ The Windup Space (12 West North Avenue)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company delivers free 'Romeo' to soothe city nerves

By Tim Smith
The Baltimore Sun

"Like some other Baltimore theater troupes this week, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company opened up its doors for a free performance to help provide an artistic response to a stressful Baltimore after days of unrest related to the Freddie Gray case."

Read more here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/arts/artsmash/bal-chesapeake-shakespeare-company-offers-free-romeo-to-a-tense-city-20150501-story.html

A Small Needful Fact by Ross Gay

Shared by Cynthia Ling Lee to Ferguson Moment  facebook group

"This poem from Ross Gay absolutely floored us. Button Poetry"

Ross Gay is a gardener and teacher living in Bloomington, Indiana. His book, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, is available from University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015.


Please feel free to share Split This Rock Poem of the Week widely. We just ask you to include all of the information in this post, including this request.

Source: http://blogthisrock.blogspot.com/2015/04/poem-of-week-ross-gay.html

The blog of Split This Rock, the national network of socially engaged poets. Programs include a biennial national festival, readings, workshops, contests, the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism, e-publishing, youth programs, and campaigns that integrate poetry into movements for social change.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

AAPV share the work of Shameeka Dream

We at AAPV wanted to take a moment and share this photo by Jack Gruber depicting Shameeka Dream.

(@shameekadream on IG & www.shameekadream.com ) 一 a poet and healing artist, conducting a cleansing with sage in front of a police line in ‪#‎Baltimore‬. 

We wanted to celebrate this moment of woman-led resistance. When white supremacy and the media falls on its own face and fails to honor the complexity of organized protest, we wanted to take a moment to to honor the Black women who are leading the movement. How what they named ‪#‎BaltimoreRiots‬ is actually borne from immense love, resilience, grief, healing and organized community. Take a moment today to extend your support, be it in body, in writing, or in ‪#‎art‬, to the Black communities in Baltimore and their resilience, collective breathing, and undefeatable spirits.

Shameeka will be creating an interactive healing experience Friday, 3 hours before the Baltimore Protests. Read this article by Shameeka Dream recounting her experience at the Baltimore protests: http://shameekadream.com/2015/04/30/on-creating-sacred-space-and-being-a-presence-in-my-own-words/

This photo doesn't have a high res download but visit www.artistsagainstpoliceviolence.com for many art resources for use in the streets.

‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬ ‪#‎aapv‬ ‪#‎policeviolence‬ ‪#‎artistsagainstpoliceviolence‬ ‪#‎sage‬ ‪#‎art4change‬ ‪#‎politicalart‬ ‪#‎protest‬

The Black St. Louis Rep

We are partnering with theaters all over the country on The Every 28 hours project. We are proud to collaborate with The Black Rep in St. Louis!

Founded in 1976 by Producing Director Ron Himes, The Black Rep is the largest, professional African-American theatre company in the nation and the largest African-American performing arts organization in Missouri.

After its inception, Himes began to take the company on the road, performing for people everywhere by touring college campuses, community centers and various art / theatre festivals. The Black Rep started to draw such huge crowds when they performed and in 1980, the company took residence in the former Greeley Presbyterian Church’s sanctuary on the corner of St. Louis Avenue and 23rd Street, renovating the interior into a theatre space. During the 1980′s, the company began to hire guest actors, directors, designers and choreographers locally and nationally. In addition, The Black Rep began presenting regional dance companies and a musical film series. By 1986, the company became the only African-American theatre in the Midwest to operate under a contract with the Actor’s Equity Association, guaranteeing union wages to its actors and stage managers. Later in the eighties, The Black Rep decided to narrow its focus to only producing African-American live theatre.

In the early 1990′s, The Black Rep relocated to the heart of Grand Center, St. Louis’ arts and cultural district, where it makes its home in the beautiful, renovated 467-seat Grandel Theatre. At the Grandel, mainstage productions are performed for an audience of more than 25,000 annually.

With an eye toward future growth and continued artistic excellence, in 2005 the board of directors added the position of Executive Director to The Black Rep staff leadership. Rudy Nickens, affiliated with the company since its inception, was selected for the post.

Today, The Black Rep produces quality professional dramas, comedies and musicals by primarily African-American and third world playwrights. The company has produced the works of Pulitzer Prize winning playwrights August Wilson, Athol Fugard, George C. Wolfe and Tony Kushner. In addition, the company maintains an award-winning Education and Community Program, including classes and workshops for adults and youth, touring productions, the Summer Youth Conservatory, the Teen Tech Program and the Professional Internship Program.

Mainstage productions and Education programs combine to reach more than 80,000 people annually. The company is pleased to entertain the most diverse theatre audience in the St. Louis region.
Celebrate with The Black Rep as it continues to bring the magic of live theatre to everyone. 

Entertaining Diverse Audiences. 

Educating Promising Youth. Enriching Our Community.



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Young Lords Party: Garbage Offensive August 18, 1969

"I have the honor of being selected as an artist by the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute CCCADI as part of their Mi Querido Barrio project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. I was inspired to create an AR (Augmented Reality) based on the Young Lords Party garbage offensive of August 1969. For this project I art directed a piece based on this demonstration and brought on legendary artist Carlos Pacheco (Superman, Captain America, X-Men, Avengers) to illustrate my ideas. Next I approached the amazingly talented Christopher Sotomayor to digitally paint the piece. The multi-talented powerhouse that is the theater company Universes, provided an excerpt from the song American written by UNIVERSES' William Ruiz for their play Party People and it was mixed especially for this video by D-Stroy Melendez. The video was directed by myself and animated by José A. Gutierrez Rivera. This video will be part of an AR that will be viewable when you walk with your smartphone or tablet on 110th Street between Park and Lexington in East Harlem, or as we endearingly refer to it as Mi Querido Barrio." 
-Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez

The New York Times interviewed Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez about this project in the piece "With a Virtual Tour, Preserving the History of East Harlem" - http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/16/with-a-virtual-tour-preserving-the-history-of-east-harlem/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=2

To see the full creative process of this project visit Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez's blog - http://studioedgardo.com/blog/Augmented-Reality-(AR),-Comic-Books-&-1960s-Activism

From Baltimore to El Barrio the people call for justice. Generation after generation the struggle continues. Art directed by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, illustrated by Carlos Pacheco, colors by Christopher Sotomayor, animation by José A. Gutiérrez Rivera, sounds mix by David Melendez and soundtrack from PARTY PEOPLE (by: UNIVERSES) #partypeopletheplay. Produced for Caribbean Cultural Center (CCCADI).

kivabay's baltimoreuprising interviews

"@KivaBay interviewed several amazing people in regards to the Baltimore Uprising. These are the comics she created from their answers. (Storified with permission) Note: One of these panels was added while I was compiling the storify. If more get added, I will update appropriately."
by Nemo Momenti

Source: https://storify.com/thain1982/kivabay-s-baltimoreuprising-interviews

Boston Beyond Today

Evenings of art, performance and discussion to bring together perspectives and voices of individuals in response to the recent uprising in Ferguson, Boston and beyond.

There will be a gallery of photography and writing, performances of original devised and documentary theatre, performance poetry, music, film and more. The performance will be followed by a facilitated discussion to strategize what we as a community can do in response to the stories we can no longer ignore.

Our event on Saturday February 28 at First Church Somerville was a huge success, and we are following up with two more events on a monthly basis, one in Cambridge, and one in Boston! (The event date says 4/29 but there is another event before that.)

Wednesday April 29
Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre
539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
Doors open at 7pm
Free event – suggested donation of $10
To reserve seats contact bostonbeyondtoday@gmail.com

All of Boston Beyond Today’s proceeds will go to Better Opportunities Inc.

In collaboration with www.unitedstory.org

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Post Racial America: A Children's Story

Dedicated to the memories of #RekiaBoyd #FreddieGray #WalterScott #EricGarner #RenishaMcBride MikeBrown #OscarGrant TamirRice #TrayvonMartin #VictorWhite #HenryGlover and the countless others whose #blacklivesmatter but only to a small sum of us.-- Shared by A Scribe Called Quess? to Ferguson Moment Group

Post Racial America: A Children's Story

NEW VIDEO: Post Racial America: A Children's Story by A Scribe Called Quess?, shot by Zac Manuel of the The Greenhouse Collective, LLC, music by David Bear and directed and edited by Jason Foster. A very special thank you to BMike and all of the artists that contributed to Exhibit Be. Fosterbearfilms


Black Lives Matter is Collecting Audio Recordings for a Public Story Bank
by Tasbeeh Herwees

"Telling our stories is not just a political necessity, but also an opportunity for catharsis and public healing. Which is why we must be concerned when certain stories are marginalized by more mainstream—and perhaps more comfortable—narratives. A new project by Black Lives Matter, called I Imagine, intends to collect the stories of people around the U.S. and archive them in a public story bank. Calling on contributions from anyone who wants to share their vision, Black Lives Matter asks people to submit a short one to two-minute recording prompted by the phrase, “In a world where Black Lives Matter, I imagine...” Contributors will be compelled to share their dreams and imaginings of a future where black life is valued."

read more here: https://magazine.good.is/articles/black-lives-matter-public-story-bank

Everything is said.

Sana Saeed via twitter ‏@SanaSaeed Apr 28 

Everything is said. #BaltimoreProtests

Sunday, April 26, 2015


"If the grand conversation around race were to be neatly divided into “before” and “after” Ferguson, then Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly would have to be regarded as something of an artistic landmark, a stunning musical distillation of the post-Ferguson mood. I am inclined to agree with Rolling Stone’s Greg Tate when he writes: “Thanks to D'Angelo's Black Messiah and Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, 2015 will be remembered as the year radical Black politics and for-real Black music resurged in tandem to converge on the nation's pop mainstream.” Alexander Billet

Read more at: http://www.redwedgemagazine.com/commentary/rough-theses-on-to-pimp-a-butterfly