"To maintain my energy and commitment to anti-racist organizing as a pillar of my artistic practice, said Paloma McGregor, multidisciplinary artists and longtime Dance Exchange collaborator. "It's important that I work in solidarity with diverse allies who share a similar analysis of the current power structure and a desire for equity. When we come together to do the work, we hold one another accountable and we hold one another up. I'm looking forward to expanding my community and deepening my understanding at Dance Exchange's Home event."
"It is important to me to participate in this event because, as a white person, I benefit from a system of racial inequality that is (literally) killing people of color on a daily basis," said Jesse Phillips-Fein, freelance dancer and choreographer. "The arts are a powerful vehicle for addressing the ways in which I am made complicit in this violence, and a tool through which I can become a collaborator in solution and healing."
"As an intersectional feminist, theatre artist, and advocate for social justice, I strongly believe that we must come together in this work around anti-racism," said playwright and dramaturg Jacqueline E. Lawton, recent collaborator with Dance Exchange on From the Desk of Rachel Carson. "In doing so, we must remember that addressing issues of racism can be traumatizing. We must come to this work with a spirit of curiosity and generosity. While we must be patient with one another, we must also be vigilant in our efforts and work in collaboration. This work should not be done in isolation. I'm honored to join Dance Exchange in these efforts."
Through looking at the role of historical and personal milestones in relationship to experiences, process, and outcomes in the struggle for racial equity, Dance Exchange Artistic Director Cassie Meador, Partnerships and Production Manager Ouida Maedel, University of Maryland PhD candidate Bimbola Akinbola, and featured artists will bring participants into dialogue and creative research to explore the various roles for the arts, humanities, and other disciplines and institutions in advancing racial justice in the United States.
“As artists, we have a perennial responsibility to excavate and shed light on the pressing issues of our time, to confront specific realities and universal truths, and to model civic leadership, empathy, and innovation for others," said Ouida Maedel. "Race is one of the few social constructions that is so pervasive and so deeply ingrained in daily life that it has the power to dictate and manipulate every kind of situation, especially when nobody is looking. It is only through turning and returning our attention to the asymmetries of power so fundamental to our society that we can foster our abilities to recognize their complexity and transform them.”
Meet the Facilitators
“Dance Matters: A Discussion on Racial Equity and the Power of the Arts.”
Thursday, January 16th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Dance Exchange, located at 7117 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park MD 20912 (Takoma Metro, Red Line)
Suggested Donation $5
Please contact Ouida Maedel at email@example.com or 301-270-6700 x19 with any questions.