Justified Art! is a platform for visual artists to participate in the conversation inspired by "Justified Anger", a Cap Times essay by Rev. Alex Gee detailing his personal experience with racial profiling and discrimination as an African American living in the Madison area.
You are invited to further the discussion Rev. Gee initiated through original, creative expression. Share your personal experiences with discrimination, examine your own role in perpetuating oppressive practices, or even imagine Dane County's possible future - will we ever become the flourishing, multiracial community we aspire to be? At the very least, we seek works of art that intervene and raise awareness about the racial disparities that exist in our community. More ambitiously, we seek art that intends to change the very way we see, enact, and make sense of social justice, including what we understand to be a just society itself. Insights and relationships emerging from this visual dialogue affirm both the role of art, in imagining a more equitable society, and the gallery, as a space to embody this inclusive ideal.
If selected by the jury, you will exhibit your work at the Overture Center for the Arts, Gallery I from March 10 - May 31, 2015, with a public reception on Friday, May 1 from 6-8pm during Gallery Night.
YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK AND JUSTIFIED ART - YOUTH ART SHOWCASE
WED, MAY 20, 7-9 PM
Promenade Hall, Overture Center
The Youth Showcase features art from youth of color and allies ages 8-21. Youth will showcase original art. Performances include poets, singers, MC's, dancers and visual artists demonstrating their feelings towards state violence and police brutality that disproportionately affects Black youth.
The Young Gifted and Black Coalition (YGB) is a circle of young leaders determined to end state violence and raise the voice of communities of color. YGB are young Black women, queer folks, straight folks and feminist men who are fighting for Black Liberation. Their focus is on the low income Black communities that their core members call home. Their strategy is centered on direct action and community organizing.