Director’s Note: Dreamer

Last weekend, Digital Dance Project held our first screening in partnership with eMotion Arts. Dreamer was a unique, multimedia program designed to promote allyship and amplify artists from the black and brown communities while raising money for anti-racism initiatives. We are thrilled to announce that we were able to raise nearly $500 to benefit Campaign ZERO and their efforts to end police violence in America. 

A little more about Campaign ZERO:

“Campaign ZERO was developed with contributions from activists, protesters and researchers across the nation. This data-informed platform presents comprehensive solutions to end police violence in America. It integrates community demands and policy recommendations from research organizations and President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Together, we will win.”

From the Campaign ZERO website

Through Dreamer, we were able to bring together artists from a broad range of perspectives and experiences to lead a compassionate and honest conversation about their experiences around race and immigration in America. Unlike future DDP programming, Dreamer included a broad range of art forms that included vocal performance, spoken word, and visual art.

This was an important event for DDP in many ways, but there are a few specific reasons that I think are worth highlighting. 

Mainstream artistic circles (especially dance in America) have a history of marginalizing communities of color. As a new organization, we strongly believed that we needed to make it clear that we stand with our colleagues and friends in communities of color.  We were honored to make that stand by committing our very first screening to amplify the art of our colleagues in underrepresented communities.

Digital Dance Project launched on May 25th, 2020. Sadly, this was also the same day as George Floyd’s murder. As a result, we have felt a link and a responsibility to the Black Lives Matter movement.

This screening was also deeply meaningful to me personally. 

As protests over the last few months highlighted the depths of systemic racism in America, I have spent time trying to determine how to walk the line of listening and taking action. Like many white women, my own blindspots are daily coming more into focus by the work of anti-racism advocates. My heart has been broken for my friends and colleagues in communities of color, and I did not want to sit idly by. I also didn’t want to act without first listening. Creating space for others to speak and for me to be still and listen has been one of the true benefits of Dreamer. To be able to contribute to this personally was very meaningful to me and hopefully impactful for others.

Thank you for joining us for Dreamer, and for helping to support Campaign Zero’s mission. We hope that you enjoyed the program. We hope that it challenged you to listen and learn, and be impacted for the better.

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