Dance at Swarthmore College – Virtual – Moving for Justice: Cultivation of the Arts
March 5 @ 9:45 am - 12:45 pm
Speakers: Lela Aisha Jones (Bryn Mawr College), Jeanine Osyande (Swarthmore College), Alex Shaw (Independent Artist), Nandini Sikand (Lafayette College), Zara Williams-Nicholas (Groton School), Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon (Temple University)
The confluence of the deadly Novel Coronavirus with older forms of inequality, state violence, racism, Islamophobia, casteism, and gender atrocities has challenged us in multiple ways. But it has also perhaps driven us to imagine radical possibilities of a different future. In alliance with the Black Lives Matter Movement and its international vision of justice and collaboration, this webinar will explore how Black and BIPOC artists and scholars engage with communities through their art practices such as poetry, film, music, and dance. This webinar is a springboard to begin conversations about sustained engagement with artists and communities in Philadelphia and beyond.
Some of the questions we will explore include:
- How can our art practices respond to the pervasive racial, economic, and gender inequalities that were revealed through the pandemic and recent social movements?
- How do we build long-lasting and deep engagement with Black, Indigenous, and immigrant communities in the region through our arts practices?
- What kinds of partnerships and projects can we envision through these interactions?
- What kinds of institutional changes, collaborations, and pedagogy are needed for building a more inclusive, diverse, and just society.