Indigenous Land Acknowledgement, Explained

By now, many know that the colonization myth we learned in school doesn’t tell the whole story of how the Americas were settled. In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue, but what he discovered was not a “New World” — it was one inhabited by millions of indigenous people. Living in villages, bands, and confederacies, their traditional territories spanned the entire continent. Indigenous people still live among us, yet how many of us could name the specific tribe or nation whose land we live on?

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People urged to relate experiences Sunday

The State of the Union is being re-imagined as something more personal, more local, more community-oriented by a Marietta artist organizing an event coming Sunday. Based on a project called The People’s State of the Union, the event — called Social Justice Sunday — will invite local residents to tell their stories, any stories of their lives in the Mid-Ohio River Valley, in a setting inspired by the Native American story circle.

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The Arts Center unveils People's State of the Union next week

The president of the United States gives his State of the Union address next Tuesday. Mid-valley residents can have their say the next evening at the People's State of the Union. Community members can tell their stories or listen to others from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at The Arts Center, says Jen Hernandez-Cornelius of the center.

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Parrish Art Museum To Host People's State Of The Union Story Circle

Friday at the Parrish Art Museum, local residents attending the People’s State of the Union Story Circle will break off into small groups, each with a notetaker and poets. Sitting in a circle, one by one, the participants will share with their group a two-minute story that speaks to the state of the nation.

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Share your story for 'People's State of the Union'

The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture hosts a People’s State of the Union. I only recently learned that there is a U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. Well, it is people-powered, not a government agency. Its purpose is to incite creativity and social imagination "to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging." 

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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents THE 2017 POETIC ADDRESS TO THE NATION - Broadway World San Francisco

"At YBCA we are pioneering a new model for art centers as citizen institutions - as activated and inclusive places for people to come together to directly address the pressing questions we face in our communities and in our country," says Deborah Cullinan, CEO of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. "With the Poetic Address to the Nation, we invite the American public to go on the record with their own truth, their own assessment of who we are and who we want to be as a nation."

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Merced Arts Center looking to collect stories of immigrants - Merced Sun-Star

The Merced Multicultural Arts Center will host a participatory art project focusing on immigration stories, according to organizers.

The event is called the People’s State of the Union and has become an annual effort to collect stories from around the country, according to its website. Merced’s version is 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the center, 645 W. Main St., Merced.Sublimity Ore., resident and Merced native, Joshua Hash, 25, right, views a watercolor painting with friend Mike Nicholson, 25, of Merced, left, during a reception for a new gallery at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center’s on, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Andrew Kuhn

Merced residents are invited to take part in sharing their experiences in what organizers are calling “story circles,” according to Colton Dennis, the center’s executive director. The center will have volunteers on hand to take down the stories.

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Participants Share Their Thoughts At 'State Of The Union Story Circle' At Parrish Art Museum -

The Lichtenstein Theater at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill has a very specific environment: black curtains and concrete floors, with bright overhead lights.In that stark setting, members of the community on Friday discussed their thoughts about the state of America. Called the 2017 People’s State of the Union Story Circle, the public event was one of many held nationwide every year, where attendees ages 15 and older gather in groups and tell stories about their life and feelings about where they stand in today’s America...

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The State of Our Culture - CultureStrike Magazine

The arts world is still reeling from a series of chaotic blows in recent days. So we can’t blame you for wanting to just withdraw in despair as we see friends, loved ones and fellow creators and activists feeling more besieged than ever before. We are facing perhaps one of the greatest threats not only to our cultural sphere but our entire cultural democracy, in receent memory. And since culture tends to be driven by generational changes, it sometimes feels like this is both a moment that a new generation of artists and changemakers has never encountered and finds overwhelming--as well as a moment that this generation is called upon like never before to step up and pour our whole selves into exercising our rights and living our principles...


Here’s What You Can Do To Protect National Arts And Culture Funding - The Huffington Post

Arlene Goldbard, chief policy wonk of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) (which is not a government agency, but a grassroots-oriented national arts advocacy organization), argued in a phone conversation with HuffPost that the practical angle might not be the strongest. “What we need to argue is for cultural values [...] for what we stand for and how we want to be remembered,” she said...

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Support the Arts to Heal Our Nation -

In 2017, we face new uncertainties. Our nation is roiling from the effects of the 2016 campaign, widespread foreboding, and uncertainty. The president has a responsibility to address the pervasive undercurrent of dis-belonging and hate. As Minister of Poetry and Language Protection on the National Cabinet of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC), I know there’s a way for the people to leverage the arts to strengthen our bonds and nurture cultural understanding...

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