Speak Out, Speak Up: A Celebration of Youth Voice 4/27/14

MandalaDew More Baltimore, a community organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement among youth and adults to create sustainable change in Baltimore, and Community Art Collaborative, an AmeriCorps program based out of MICA, are partnering to host a series of events centered on the theme of being heard. All of the events that are part of the series Speak Out, Speak Up: A Celebration of Youth Voice are FREE and open to the public!

The first event in the series is a Youth Poetry slam April 27 from 3-6:30 pm in the MICA Graduate Studio Center auditorium, 131 West North Avenue.

New Socially Engaged Arts Journal (SEAJ) Launches! Submission Deadline: March 30, 2014

SEAJ logoCreated by local artist, Ada Pinkston, Socially Engaged Arts Journal (SEAJ) is an online  quarterly  publication  that  explores the intersection of art + people. The seeds for SEAJ began to sprout in 2011 when Ada was in graduate school for Community Art. Over those years, most of the material  she read focused on the justification of social practice rather than highlighting the actual art itself.  Ada found that while there are other publications that explore contemporary socially engaged art practices, the words and work of emerging, mid-career, and underrepresented artists are hard to come by. SEAJ  seeks to fill a void in the world of art journals and publications.

SEAJ is a place for intersections. When was the last time a community artist, a curator, an elementary school teacher, a social designer, a muralist, a youth yoga instructor, a social worker, a performance artist and an urban architect sat down for coffee? How do we all define our own practices? Where do these definitions come from? SEAJ will also create a platform for dialog on contemporary socially pratice across the broad spectrum of the field.  Over the next two years, SEAJ will highlight the perspectives and projects of cultural workers in cities throughout the United States.

Please check out the call for submissions at the SEAJ website. Please send your submissions by midnight EST on March 30, 2014 to sociallyengagedartjournal@gmail.com.

If you can’t submit anything please like SEAJ on Facebook  and PLEASE Spread the Word!

Continuum of Impact: Policy

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Our final video addresses the way that art can be used to impact Policy. Jennifer Pelton from the Public Justice Center describes some of the ways that the PJC has incorporated art into advocating policy changes. Through the use of photography, music, youth created art, and other mediums, the PJC knows that art is an effective tool for providing a face to an issue and making the policy changes personal.

To view the complete interview with Jennifer Pelton of the Public Justice Center: Click Here 

To view the rest of the Continuum of Impact videos please visit the Baltimore Art + Justice Project YouTube channel

The Continuum of Impact Video Series is based on the Continuum of Impact created by Animating Democracy, the videos each highlight specific ways that social justice and art collaboration create an impact.

Continuum of Impact: Action Part 2

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In our next Action video, we focus on the work of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. Hannah Brancato describes how FORCE has used large media campaigns to draw in large audiences and get them engaged on the topic of rape culture. By using very public and internet based media they have been able to motivate many more people to participate in fighting rape culture then using other methods may have allowed.

To view the complete interview with FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture: Click Here Part 1 | Part 2

To view the rest of the Continuum of Impact videos please visit the Baltimore Art + Justice Project YouTube channel

Don’t miss our last video next week……. Policies!

The Continuum of Impact Video Series is based on the Continuum of Impact created by Animating Democracy, the videos each highlight specific ways that social justice and art collaboration create an impact.

Continuum of Impact: Capacity

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Capacity involves the efforts to build strategies for organizing along with raising the status marginalized and disenfranchised communities. Our Capacity video features the Youth Resiliency Institute who provide cultural arts programming and training to youth and their families in Baltimore City. Navasha Daya and Fanon Hill describe the organizations’ methods of using multiple forms of art from dance to poetry to provide an outlet for agency building. Using the creative skills developed through YRI, youth have become become engaged politically, culturally, and locally engaged.

To view the complete interview with Youth Resiliency Institute: Click Here Part 1 | Part 2

To view the rest of the Continuum of Impact videos please visit the Baltimore Art + Justice Project YouTube channel.

Coming up next week……. Action Part 2!

The Continuum of Impact Video Series is based on the Continuum of Impact created by Animating Democracy, the videos each highlight specific ways that social justice and art collaboration create an impact.

Continuum of Impact: Attitudes

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Changing the way people feel about an issue is a difficult task to undertake but art can be a helpful medium to do so. Using art, organizers and activists can generate feelings of hope, pride, and respect in both those who engage  in the creation of art and those who view or experience it. Our Attitudes video highlights the work of DewMore Baltimore and 901 Arts who use art to change people’s thought’s and attitudes towards specific issues. Devlon Waddell from DewMore Baltimore describes how they use literary arts to encourage individuals to explore their understanding of themselves to then develop a stronger connection with their community.

To view the complete interview with DewMore Baltimore: Click Here

To view the complete interview with 901 Arts: Click Here

To view the rest of the Continuum of Impact videos please visit the Baltimore Art + Justice Project YouTube channel.

Stay tuned next week for……. Capacity!

The Continuum of Impact Video Series is based on the Continuum of Impact created by Animating Democracy, the videos each highlight specific ways that social justice and art collaboration create an impact.

Continuum of Impact: Discourse

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Through art we are able to create safe, affirming, comfortable, or even humorous spaces that allow many to engage in dialogues that couldn’t have happened elsewhere. Our Discourse video highlights the work of Hollaback! Baltimore and Theater Action Group who use art to open up and continue conversations. Shawna from Hollaback! Baltimore describes how individuals who have experienced street harassment have chalked the areas where they have been harassed; creating not only conversations about harassment but empowering experiences of reclaiming spaces. Theater is described by the Theater Action Group as a place where individuals can come together to play, engage, and create a temporary community that engages in dialogue which leads to further social change.

To view the complete interview with Hollaback! Baltimore: Click Here

To view the complete interview with Theater Action Group: Click Part One | Part Two

 To view the rest of the Continuum of Impact videos please visit the Baltimore Art + Justice Project YouTube channel.

Stay tuned next week for……. Attitudes!

The Continuum of Impact Video Series is based on the Continuum of Impact created by Animating Democracy, the videos each highlight specific ways that social justice and art collaboration create an impact.

Continuum of Impact: Knowledge

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BA+JP’s Continuum of Impact Video Series continues with Knowledge. Art can be used to raise awareness of issues and broaden understanding of complex topics. Our Knowledge video highlights the work of Luminous Intervention/Greenpants. Luminous Intervention/Greenpants uses large-scale light images to draw attention to and increase understanding of social and economic disparities. They describe how art can be used to connect larger ideas to a more personal and local level.

 

Click here to view the complete interview with Luminous Intervention/Greenpants or  to view the rest of the Continuum of Impact videos please visit the Baltimore Art + Justice Project YouTube page.

The Continuum of Impact Video Series is based on the Continuum of Impact created by Animating Democracy, the videos each highlight specific ways that social justice and art collaboration create an impact.

Newsflash! BA+JP Interviewed by Tom Hall on WYPR 88.1

Baltimore Arts and Justice - screenshot_0The Baltimore Art + Justice Project was featured on Baltimore’s NPR station, WYPR, Tuesday, January  14th at 9:40 am.  Culture Editor, Tom Hall interviewed Project Coordinator, Kalima Young about the  Baltimore Art + Justice Project and our work to map Baltimore’s arts based social justice assets.

Have a listen!  http://programs.wypr.org/podcast/where-justice-and-art-meet

And if you have not done so, get on the map at www.artplusjustice.org!

Continuum of Impact: Action

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The anticipation can finally end as the Baltimore Art + Justice Project’s Continuum of Impact video series is complete and online! The series highlights the phenomenal work being done by Baltimore organizations and groups that are using art as a tool for social change. Based on the Continuum of Impact created by Animating Democracy, the videos each highlight specific ways that social justice and art collaboration create an impact.

Action, the first video in the series focuses on increasing participation. Art can be a powerful tool to get people involved and mobilized in their communities. Our Action video highlights the work of 901 Arts. 901 Arts is a community based youth arts organization in the Better Waverly neighborhood of Baltimore that provides opportunities for the children and youth in the community to express their artistic sides and develop as artists.

To view the complete interview with 901 Arts and the rest of the Continuum of Impact videos please visit the Baltimore Art + Justice Project YouTube page

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