Thank you for visiting us at the intersections of art, culture, and social justice! This website is designed to help you understand what the network is and what we do. What follows is a quick overview of the website and ways you can link to the network. Stay tuned to this blog for updates, analysis, and information about new creative developments and activities.
You will find images and links throughout the website demonstrating the power of art and culture to advance social justice.
We currently have three Action Areas: Race, Place, and Evaluation. Race is our featured action area with an image of Parkland Rising, a community installation in Louisville, KY, symbolizing hope and unity in this predominantly African American neighborhood.
Resources, compiled by our Steering Committee members, link you to useful blogs, books, reports and websites.
The featured image for our first blog post is from The Burnin’ by Houston-based ensemble company Progress Theatre. This powerful new play is currently touring the country, using performance as a catalyst for cross-community dialogue, increased cultural awareness, interracial healing and understanding, and contemporary efforts in anti-racism work. An a’capella musical that weaves dialogue and original song, The Burnin’ explores how African Americans receive and redefine legacies of shared histories across racial communities to accommodate contemporary realities. As playwright Cristal Chanelle Truscott writes, “The Burnin’ invites audiences to look deeper into personal and communal definitions of freedom, empowerment and the course of ‘progress’ we all have the power to chart.”
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We look forward to growing with you and creating art and culture for positive social change and a better world for all.
– Judi Jennings, ACSJN Interim Coordinator, and Ron Ragin, ACSJN Steering Committee Member