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, July 17, 2015

Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education—The California Chapter

Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) present a series of public Town Halls featuring MacArthur Award-winning actress, playwright, and educator, Anna Deavere Smith, who will present a staged reading of her work-in-progress, Notes From the Field: Doing Time In Education—The California Chapter. The evening will be comprised of material collected through Smith’s interviews with more than 100 individuals in Northern California who are affected by what has been commonly named the “school-to-prison pipeline.” According to the American Civil Liberties Union, “there are policies and practices that push our nation’s schoolchildren, especially our most at-risk children, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.” Smith—who will be joined by jazz musician Marcus Shelby, a favorite Bay Area artist—will present a reading of her work and then open the floor for public dialogue and engagement around this pressing social issue.

Buy tickets here! http://www.berkeleyrep.org/season/1314/fieldnotes.asp

Notes From the Field: Doing Time In Education—The California Chapter was developed with support from The Ground Floor, Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.

Listen to Anana devere smith talk about her play here: http://www.ktvu.com/clip/11720728/2015/07/29/notes-from-the-field-anna-deavere-smith-talks-about-her-play

Monday, July 13, 2015


Street artistsGilf! and Lmnopi collaborated on a new mural dedicated to Kalief Browder, the young Bronx man who was held for more than three years at Rikers Island without a trial and later committed suicide. The art was unveiled to the public in Soho on Saturday and included a Q&A with the curator, artists, Kalief’s family, and their lawyer.

Kalief’s portrait is painted with the delicate brush strokes that Lmnopi has used to depict victims of state violence and social justice champions. The background is constructed with Gilf’s rigid, geometric lines, which she has used to create abstract maze-like patterns in many of her recent works, only here they are used to depict the image of prison bars. The words “Demand Justice” – the title of the piece – are bent into the bars next to Kalief’s gaze.

“This is far more legible than my work often is,” Gilf told ANIMAL in a phone interview, “because I thought it was more important for the point to come through, to not be passive, to make a direct statement.” ---By Keegan Stephan

Read more here: http://m.animalnewyork.com/2015/street-artists-paint-touching-tribute-to-kalief-browder/