FRIDAY, September 2, 5:30-7:30pm
GIbney Dance 280 (enter at 53A Chambers Street between Broadway and Centre)
The Gallery, 2nd Floor
Facilitated by Autumn Marie (Black Lives Matter NYC organizer) and Marguerite Hemmings (Performance Artist/Activist)Co-sponsored by jill sigman/thinkdance and Gibney Dance
This teach-in will present the "Platform", a list of demands recently released by The Movement for Black Lives. The Platform is the culmination of a comprehensive yearlong process involving the input of many organizations and individuals, and it serves simultaneously as a visionary agenda, a resource, and an articulation of six categories of demands for a just future. You can find the Platform here at: https://policy.m4bl.org/platform/
We will talk through what the platform is, how it evolved, its breakdown into categories of demands, and why it is important. We’ll take questions and end with discussion.
FREE and open to people of all races, ethnicities, and nationalities with all levels of previous knowledge about the Platform.
A note from Jill Sigman:
As Community Action Artist in Residence at Gibney Dance, I have been working on a project called “Weed Heart” which incorporates installation, social practice, and performance, and envisions a future in which we re-connect with the natural world and each other in meaningful and empathic ways. We are at an important moment in the history of this country right now, and we are in the process of imagining what a just future might look like in the face of extreme brutality and racial injustice. I feel that it is important for us as artists and as humans to be part of that dialogue, no matter what our opinions or aesthetics. I have invited this teach-in in my weedy installation so we can use this re-envisioned space crafted from weeds and salvage to re-envision this country and learn about the incredible resource The Platform provides.