Routine at public gatherings in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, the custom of Indigenous land acknowledgment, or acknowledgment of country, has only recently started to gain traction in the United States outside of tribal nations. In New York City the practice is sporadic but growing, occasionally heard at high-profile cultural and educational institutions like the Whitney Museum of American Art and New York University. A land acknowledgment of sorts has even made it to Broadway, embedded in the prelude to Young Jean Lee’s play “Straight White Men.”
The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) is a grassroots cultural organization with a national network of citizen artists, affiliate organizations, and outposts. The work of the USDAC is expansive and ranges everything from national policy platform development to neighborhood-focused local initiatives, but the overarching vision of the USDAC to be a “people-powered…action network inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging.” Creative Exchange spoke with USDAC co-founder and “Chief Policy Wonk” Arlene Goldbard for more detail about the NEC member organization’s many-pronged efforts at shaping and promoting an equitable and sustainable creativity-powered economy.
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Even if you don’t know who Dave Loewenstein is, it’s highly likely that you’ve come across his murals, which often stretch the length of the walls of Lawrence parks, schools, buildings, passageways and elsewhere. In 2017, Loewenstein, responding to a call to action from the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, which is not a federal agency but a “loose collective,” as he describes it, created a series of three postcards inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s antiwar speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence."
“Talking Heart” is a chalkboard mural I painted live at the People’s State of the Union, a storytelling event hosted by Imagining America at University of California, Davis, on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 2. This annual event, held in concert with the grassroots arts organization US Department of Arts and Culture, invites people across the United States to define the “State of the Union” — near the time of the presidential speech by the same name — in story circles, where they share experiences from their own lives.
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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?
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.
President Donald Trump will give his first State of the Union Address on Jan. 30, but the evening before, members of the Lynchburg community have the opportunity to participate in the People’s State of the Union, a national conversation on the state of the country.
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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.
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.
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."
The Public Forum will host the 2018 Poetic Address to the Nation on April 15 at Joe’s Pub in partnership with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. The event will feature performances from a mix of playwrights, poets, and musicians.
"Carmen Lampe Zeitler believes the best way to connect people is through stories.
That philosophy inspired the Des Moines resident and activist to co-organize a “People’s State of the Union” story circle through the non-governmental nonprofit The United States Department of Arts and Culture."
"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."
“The idea is that by collecting all these stories and collecting the things that people hold close to them, then policies can be created that more accurately reflect the people in this country,” Hansen said...
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 email@example.com
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.