query: arts organizing

colist-admin at comm-org.utoledo.edu colist-admin at comm-org.utoledo.edu
Tue Apr 18 09:30:41 CDT 2000

[ed:  here is an A16 story as well as a response to Daniel's query.]

From: Thomas Waters <twaters at panix.com>

At 11:54 AM 4/12/00 -0400, Daniel McCarthy <Dan at ehc.ang-md.org> wrote:

 >I am working in an impacted community in west Baltimore that is interested
 >in using the arts as an organizing tool...

 >I am looking for models from other communities of arts centers...

While down in Washington to dump the fund, I went to an absolutely great
performance coming from a project called Sol y Soul, which brought together
young artists from DC, the Bronx, and Texas. I don't know much about the
approach the organizers of this project used, but it resulted in a
performance of high political consciousness and great esthetic value. You
all missed out if you didn't see it.

Here is the email that got me to go:

From: <Solysoul2000 at aol.com>
To: <Solysoul2000 at aol.com>
Sent: Saturday, April 08, 2000 2:28 AM
Subject: Poetry, Break Dancing, Graf Art, and Hip Hop April 14-15 Only

 > Please post widely!
 > On April 14th and 15th, a tour de force of young hip hoppers--graffiti
 > artists, break-dancers, poets, and performers--from DC, Houston, San
 > and the South Bronx will take over GALA Theatre's stage in a show called
 > (as in enough, it's time, and ready!)
 > These amazing young artists--from Youth Advocates in Houston/San Antonio,
 > Youth Force in the South Bronx, and the GALA/Sol & Soul Youth Performance
 > Workshop in Washington, DC--will be working with Quique Aviles and
 > Banks to weave their distinct forms of creative expression together into a
 > collective performance piece. YA! is brought to you by Sol & Soul and GALA
 > Theatre.
 > Show times are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nites, with a 3 p.m. show on
 > Saturday afternoon.  GALA Theatre is located at 1625 Park Road, between
 > Pleasant and 16th Streets, just blocks from the Metro at Columbia Heights.
 > Tickets are $10/$5 for youth under 18.  For reservations and ticket
 > information, please call 202/234-7174.  For more information about Sol &
 > or YA!, call Quique Aviles or Yael Flusberg at 202/745-2630.
 > All week long, the artists--young and old--will be sharing their work,
 > realities, ideas and perceptions with each other and talking about how to
 > their art in organizing for change in their own communities.
 > organizations and artists were chosen because of their commitment to both
 > creating socially conscious art and making social change work part of
 > everyday agendas. As part of this ten-day residency, performers will be
 > holding workshops, readings, and demonstrations for area youth and
 > at Living Stage Theatre, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the Latin
 > American Youth Center, the Parkmont School, Roosevelt Senior High School,
 > Malcolm X Park, and Lamont Park.
 > Sol & Soul is a DC-based nonprofit arts organization with a long-term
 > commitment to bridging the arts with community building and activism.
 > Through quality artistic processes, we promote meaningful dialogue and
 > participation-for artists from all disciplines; community organizations
 > individuals; and new audiences.  Sol & Soul partners with arts
 > grassroots organizations, theaters, and schools to produce and present
 > that is both intrinsically artistic and socially conscious.  Sol & Soul
 > as an incubator for established and emerging artists-with particular
 > on nurturing the creative gifts of young people-on both a local and
 > level.
 > YA! is made possible thanks to the Bell Atlantic Foundation, the Morris &
 > Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities,
 > Hispanic Theatre, the Inter-American Development Bank, Latin American
 > Center's Latino Heritage Center, Living Stage, the Gilbert & Jaylee Mead
 > Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and dozens of
 > who have given generously of their time and money to make this project
 > happen.

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