This year, the Public Forum is proud to host The Poetic Address to the Nation in partnership with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. In this culmination of the 2018 People's State of the Union, an amazing line-up of playwrights, poets, and musicians will create a stirring evening of performances drawn from two weeks of Story Circles across the country.
CALLING ALL LOCAL ARTS AND CULTURE LEADERS to share stories of a thriving cultural ecosystem through your experience in Fresno and the Central Valley. We’ll create a shared definition for Cultural Democracy, uplift themes of existing assets and challenges through a Story Circle, and wrap with a co-create vision for Fresno that centers collective imagination. You will walk away with a deeper local network, some organizing/art making/facilitation tools, and a connection to a national network of people planting seeds for a #CultureofBelonging. Facilitated by West Coast Regional Envoy Katherin Canton with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture.
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The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) is a people-powered department and action network, inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging. http://usdac.us/ |https://youtu.be/FOb4z6hfE7k
- Carole Bebelle, Co-founder and Executive Director of Ashé Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans;
- Michael O’Bryan, Program Manager in Youth Arts Education at the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Central Philadelphia; and
- Amber Hansen, South Dakota-based visual artist and Co-director of Called to Walls
Moderated by Arlene Goldbard, USDAC Chief Policy Wonk.
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Calling creatives, artists, poets, writers, culture bearers, stewards, Citizen Artists, USDAC* supporters, folk in the Savannah, Georgia area interested in meeting kindred spirits who create moments for collective imagination, storytelling, and enacting democracy through a culture of belonging!
Let's grab a drink, share, and network about our practice and projects with each other. Come meet the USDAC’s Southeast Regional Envoy Yvette Angelique Hyater-Adams and learn more about regional and national efforts. There are great creative minds in Savannah--let's get to know and support each other.
Oh...and bring a friend!
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Calling creatives, artists, culture bearers, stewards, Citizen Artists, USDAC* supporter, folks in the Bay Area interested in meeting folks who create moments for collective imagination, storytelling, and enacting democracy through a culture of belonging!
Share a drink and your practice with the USDAC’s Western Regional Envoy Katherin Canton, Chief of Making Things Happen Mo and other USDAC peeps!
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.