Race and America have a torrid history. From systemic racism and slavery to unchecked biases, as a nation, we have done poorly. The famed quote on our statue of liberty rings hollow to many.
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
The problem and the solution are complicated, but that does not give us the right to abdicate our responsibility to act. Digital Dance Project and eMotion Arts have partnered together to provide space for artists committed to fighting racism. We have watched horrified as innocent people have been murdered at the hands of police officers. We have been dumbfounded as immigrants seeking a life in America have been held inhumanely and without just cause. Seeing the face of such overwhelming racism can be paralyzing at first, but there is work to be done, and we are here to roll up our sleeves and do our part.
That is why this July Digital Dance Project and eMotion Arts are partnering together to launch Dreamer. This unique program is designed to promote allyship and amplify artists from the black and brown communities. All funds for this screening will be donated to 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.”
We ask that you join us for Dreamer, a unique virtual theater screening, which will be available July 24-31. We will host watch parties on July 24th, July 25th, and July 26th to provide our artists with the opportunity to share the inspiration and stories behind their contributed works. Unlike our traditional Digital Dance Project programming, Dreamer will feature a variety of art mediums, including dance, music, spoken word, and visual art.
We are incredibly excited and humbled to engage with artists in communities of color as we do the work to do better. If you have any questions about the project, please feel free to contact us here.
Get Your Tickets!
Did you want to see the Dreamer screening, but miss purchasing your ticket in time for the watch parties? Never fear! You can still purchase a ticket to view the screening for the week until July 31st.