We call on artists, creative organizers, concerned citizens, and all community members to join together on April 4th, 2017, to draw inspiration from and breathe new life into the prophetic words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., strengthening our commitment to speak truth to power and sparking creative action in the year ahead.
April 4th marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, groundbreaking speech entitled “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” To walk in his footsteps, to give voice once again to his powerful words, and to kick off a year of efforts by many organizations around the U.S. to remind people of Dr. King’s real message and unfinished work, the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture and partners are sponsoring #RevolutionOfValues, a one-day National Action on that day.
This year, on Saturday, March 11, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will host The 2017 Poetic Address to the Nation, emceed by one of our country’s most provocative, original voices, Chinaka Hodge, together with musicians, poets, and others, and will address the Trump administration and our nation in the words of, and inspired by, our people.
Citizen Artist Salon: La Cultura Cura! (Culture Cures!): Cultural Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement
Ever heard of #SalsaShutDowns to boycott companies with exploitative labor practices?
How about NewYorkTlan, an indigenous language and cultural festival that reunites families from both sides of the border?
Wondering how you can bring your creativity to the fight for immigrant rights?
Join the USDAC on February 22nd at 3pm PST/4pm MST/5pm CST/6pm EST for an online learning call featuring three experienced organizers bringing culture and creativity to the heart of immigrant rights organizing.
The People’s State of the Union is an annual civic ritual and participatory arts project that has two main parts: Story Circles across the nation, and a collaboratively composed Poetic Address to the Nation. The USDAC offers toolkits and online trainings to support anyone hosting a Story Circle, bringing people together to share stories from their own experience. Stories are uploaded to an online story portal where they can be shared and browsed. Then—inspired by these stories—an invited group of poets collaboratively composes the Poetic Address to the Nation, performed and broadcast live. This year, Story Circles will take place nationwide from January 27-February 5, 2017. The Poetic Address will be hosted by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Learn more: www.usdac.us/psotu
Join us for our first national convening! The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) of St. Louis and the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) are hosting a national convening in St. Louis of artists, activists, policymakers, and others harnessing creativity in building vibrant, equitable communities. Visit www.cultureshift2016.org for more information and to register.
Across this country, artists are rising to meet the moment, applying their gifts to calling out the evils of this racism and violence that flood the headlines and inundate too many lives. Please join us on Aug. 16 at 6 pm EDT/3 pm PDT for a Citizen Artist Salon—an online video call—where you can learn more about what’s happening; share processes, strategies, and techniques; and talk with others who share your desire to matter with their artwork. Moderated by USDAC Chief Rhapsodist of Wherewithal Yolanda Wisher and featuring special guests working on the frontlines of culture shift. Learn more and RSVP.