How can the arts empower communities threatened by erasure? How do artists and culturemakers advance narratives and cultural activism that can disrupt displacement? What can leaders in this field teach us about leveraging arts and culture to strengthen cities and towns across the United States?
THE ROOTS RUN DEEP: A Town Hall about Culture and Displacement
Join us online on Wednesday, May 17, 6:00-7:30 p.m. ET
With Najmah Abraham, Djali Brown-Cepeda, Candice Hopkins (Carcross/Tagish First Nation), Ronald Moten, and Betty Yu. Moderated by Brian Tate. Opening performance by Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache).
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Brian Tate, Director of Community Partnerships, The WNET Group; President, Tate Strategy
Najmah Abraham, Spoken Word Artist, Fashion Photographer, Educator, and Organizer; Founder, Najm Designs
Djali Brown-Cepeda, Afro-Indigenous Dominican Archivist and Filmmaker; Founder and Curator, Nuevayorkinos
Candice Hopkins (Carcross/Tagish First Nation), Executive Director & Chief Curator, Forge Project
Ronald Moten, Co-Founder, Don’t Mute DC
Betty Yu, Socially Engaged Multimedia Artist, Photographer, Filmmaker, Educator, and Activist; Co-Founder, Chinatown Art Brigade
Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache), Soloist Musician, Composer, and Collaborator
PANELISTS IN THE NEWS
Brian Tate: A Service-Driven, Revolutionary Artistic Life – Artists Who Parent
Najmah Abraham: Muslims Against Police Brutality Protest: Bay Ridge To Barclays Center – Bklynr
Djali Brown-Cepeda: Preserving New York’s Latino History, One Photo at a Time – Time
Candice Hopkins, (Carcross/Tagish First Nation): “Self-Determination Is the Basis for Any Decolonial Movement” – ArtReview
Ronald Moten: Go-Go Activism, Both Personal and Political, Is Coming Into Its Power in D.C. – Washington City Paper
Laura Ortman, (White Mountain Apache): Laura Ortman Has One of the Standout Works of the Whitney Biennial
ABOUT THE SERIES
CLOSE TO HOME: Town Halls on Housing Equality (Wednesdays, April 26-May 24) is a five-part digital summit with frontline thinkers and doers from across New York City and around the country. Each week, we will gather with frontline thinkers and doers to examine the core topic through a specific lens: housing and economic justice, food sovereignty and security, homelessness and community, cultural displacement, and media narratives about housing.
Join us online on Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. ET, from April 26-May 24.
Presented by The WNET Group, home to THIRTEEN, America’s flagship PBS station.
Curated by Brian Tate.
Program management by Jasmine Wilson.
Ain Dah Yung (Our Home) Center
Ali Forney Center
Asian Community Development Corporation
The Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD)
Brooklyn Movement Center
Chhaya Community Development Corporation
Dream of Detroit
Food As Medicine Collaborative
Low Income Housing Institute
Music Kitchen- Food for the Soul
Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance
April 26: Housing and Economic Justice
May 3: Food Sovereignty and Security
May 10: Homelessness and Community
May 17: Culture and Displacement
May 24: Journalism and Housing Narratives