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.

Friday, May 8, 2015

How a MacArthur “genius” is using theater to fight inequality in Baltimore and beyond

Long before her hometown exploded into rioting, Baltimore native Anna Deavere Smith learned what marginalization looked like....The avant-garde performance artist and television star famous for her roles in “Nurse Jackie” and “West Wing” is creating a new one-woman show that addresses the “school-to-prison pipeline.”...The schools-to-prison pipeline is one of many problems plaguing Smith’s native city, which received national attention with the April 19 death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who suffered a spinal cord injury in police custody. Six Baltimore police officers were charged in the incident following days of rioting and unrest.The pipeline, which Smith first turned her attention to in 2013, is ripe material for the Tony Award nominee and MacArthur “genius” whose arresting one-woman plays navigate the nation’s racial and socioeconomic fault lines.

Read more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2015/05/08/a-famous-baltimore-native-is-tackling-the-problems-that-plague-her-hometown-with-art/

Thursday, May 7, 2015

#freddiegray project Gray in Black

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Devin Allen photographer in Baltimore

Source: Because of Them We Can by Eunique Jones

Have you seen the latest Time magazine?

The photographer behind the gripping cover photo is 26 year old Baltimore resident, Devin Allen. Devin, a photographer since 2013, started taking photos of demonstrations, protests, and the escalated events happening in Baltimore in order to provide his unique perspective as a resident. Instagramming a revolution, Devin’s historic photos continue to receive international attention. Devin, perhaps Moneta Sleet Jr. (first African American to receive a Pulitzer in journalism) paved the way for you to receive a Pulitzer Prize award for this image! Thank you for using your lens to tell our story and evoke social change.

You can see more of his work on his Instagram page (https://instagram.com/bydvnlln/) and Time magazine.
Photo credit: Trae Harris —

Angela Y. Davis cover art by justseeds artist Jess X. Chen

We wanted to post this Angela Y. Davis cover art by justseeds artist Jess X. Chen (IG: @jessxchen ) in honor of Black people taking action in the ‪#‎BaltimoreUprising‬, in ‪#‎Ferguson‬, and in the civil rights movement and the Black liberation movement all over America.

"I painted a cosmic community of raised hands and fists in perpetual movement. Hand and body references were all drawn from protests from Ferguson to Baltimore to New York City. This lineage and the struggle for freedom is endless.”

– Jess X. Chen

(This was originally the cover for Angela Y. Davis’ new book but ended up not being used for reasons regarding content.)

“Freedom Is A Constant Struggle is drawn from a freedom song, that was repeatedly sung in the south during the 20th century Freedom Movement. They say "we struggled so long we must be free, we’ve died so long we must be free.” And I like the irony of the last lines of each verse. There is simultaneous resignation and promise, but also critique and inspiration. We must be free, but are we really free?“
– Angela Y. Davis

Link to post: http://artistsagainstpoliceviolence.com/post/118295987369/goauche-book-cover-design-by-jessxchen

Visit www.artistsagainstpoliceviolence.com for many art resources for use in the streets against anti-black police violence.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Baltimore-based composer Judah Adashi releases track, 'Rise (Invocation),' in honor of Freddie Gray

"On Sunday, April 19, 2015, my piece "Rise" was premiered in Washington, DC. A collaboration with the poet Tameka Cage Conley, the work bears witness to our country's fraught civil rights journey from Selma to Ferguson and beyond. The morning of the performance, a young Black man named Freddie Gray died of severe injuries sustained while in Baltimore Police custody.

 track available for $1 ***All proceeds go directly to the family of Freddie Gray, and will be used to cover medical and burial costs.*** 

This track is the Invocation that opens "Rise." The same music returns in the fifth movement, called for by Dr. Cage Conley's words: "A horn tells us, / a brother has fallen, again..." I share it here as a lament, a prayer, and a call to action, for Freddie Gray and for Baltimore. 

credits released 04 May 2015 Flugelhorn: Chris Shiley Piano: Judah Adashi Engineer/mixer: Ed Tetreault Cover art: Rafaela Dreisin Recorded April 2015 at the Peabody Institute, Baltimore, MD

Source: http://www.citypaper.com/blogs/noise/bcpnews-baltimore-composer-and-peabody-professor-judah-adashi-releases-track-rise-in-honor-of-freddie-gray-20150504,0,4860458.story

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Courtney Dowe at Family Arts Museum

Source: shared via Facebook

Still out here. Courtney Dowe is coming to the end of her amazing set. We are all gathered at a laundromat part of the Family Arts Museum which uses public spaces as art spaces. This exhibit is called Dirty Laundry & is curated by Melani Douglass... Ok I gotta go just wanted to share the song I won't be able to get out of my head this month. ‪#‎Baltimore‬ ‪#‎ARTivism‬ more to come ‪#‎staytuned‬

Posted by Pierre Bennu on Sunday, May 3, 2015