We want to build an arts coalition movement for people of color, native & indigenous communities. Don't you?
"I define poetry as celebration and confrontation. When we witness something, are we responsible for what we witness? That's an on-going existential question. Perhaps we are and perhaps there's a kind of daring, a kind of necessary energetic questioning. Because often I say it's not what we know, it's what we can risk discovering." - Yusef Komunyakaa
we can't do this alone. None of us can.
Some use the phrase "embarrassment of riches" to describe the Twin Cities literary & arts scene. Given how rich & diverse our POCI communities are––what's embarrassing is how our voices are just (if at all) are being recognized & heard. POCI artists, activists & administrators need more amplification & celebration rather than humility. No more being relegated to the margins, silenced between hyphens. No more tokenism: "So, are we done with diversity training? Can we go back to our regular (white) programming? We've always had at least one writer of color at our readings since 2016!"
The Arts are still controlled & dictated by white institutions. In order for us to affect real change & shift conversations toward complete equity, we need to come together to dismantle their hold on what & how our stories are being told. We also need to call out our white allies & hold them accountable. How are they using their privilege? There are a plethora of POCI-led, operated arts organizations in Minnesota, but we remain fractured––mostly due to lack of funds & time. Most of us work for free while juggling families, full-time day jobs, etc. We are always climbing uphill, moving against the tide. That said, so many of us are often doing thankless work without adequate compensation. Critical/vital conversations about how to combat white supremacy are being had, but in our own bubbles. There are powerful white entities like our government trying to destroy us. We need to band together to fight/resist/persist/thrive in these troubling times. We want to open up more dialogue, disrupt the status quo & fuck some shit up!
If you feel the same way, please shoot us a message. Let's do this thing!