As we close out the year and I file receipts, archive ephemera, produce final reports, and prepare for the year(s) ahead, I am amazed by what we were able to accomplish with little more than a speck of an idea, big ambition, creative flexibility, and a broad network of co-visionaries. Together we made magic.
Click the photo to view our 2015 End of the Year Report and our collective accomplishments.
a “kitchen table conversation” with Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Paris Hatcher, Shana griffin, Savannah Shange
moderated by kai lumumba barrow
June marks the 152nd anniversary of the Combahee River action in South Carolina. In honor of Harriet Tubman and the Combahee River Collective , five black feminist artist and organizers in New Orleans gather in a home to hold conversation centering the 152nd anniversary of the Combahee River action that freed over 750 slaves, the current upsurge in the Black liberation movement, and the continuum of Black women’s struggle. Centering conversations on Harriet Tubman, Black liberation and the approaching 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we examine current strategies and tactics in our movement from a Black feminist perspective. What does black feminism looks like in the 21st century and what are the possibilities of black liberation (from a black feminist lens)?
Listen and enjoy! And as always, if you would like to donate to our Indiegogo please donate here!
As our crowdfunding campaign continues, Gallery of the Streets wants to introduce you to the Artistic Director of this transdisciplinary hybrid. Over the next few days kai will explain her connection to art, her inspirations/influences, site-specific installation and the importance of art as it pertains to Black experience.
Local artists to confront Black displacement and border-crossing through roving performance, visual art, and site-specific installations
be sure to watch ^ in HD
With the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaching, Gallery of the Streets, an interdisciplinary arts company that focuses on social justice issues, is turning to social media to raise $25,000 for their first production, ECOHYBRIDITY: LOVE SONG FOR NOLA, a visual [black] opera in 5 movements.
ECOHYBRIDITY is a collaborative production with New Orleans-based artists and organizers. The visual opera, a term coined by Gallery of the Streets founder and Artistic Director, Kai Barrow, features roving performances and site-specific installations marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, The plot follows a group of nomadic “SONGBIRDS” as they journey to recover, reclaim, and recreate home.
“The 10th anniversary of Katrina offers an opportunity to look at our current national and international responses to anti-Black violence,” says Barrow. “The storm and its aftermath—including spatial inequity, the tightening of the prison industrial complex, corporate development, and privatization have violent repercussions on the lives of Black New Orleanians.We hope the opera will provoke a dialogue about who we are and what we’re becoming.”
The large-scale production draws on the vision, memory, and skills of New Orleans-based Black feminist artists and organizers—many of whom survived Katrina—to design the creative content of ECOHYBRIDITY. The company is also partnering with New Orleans-based social justice and arts organizations as well as regional, national, and international groups to participate in the upcoming anniversary.
According to Shana Griffin, a contributing artist with the project, “Funding is one of the first major obstacles to getting any artistic production off the ground and current economic conditions don’t make the job any easier. In this historic moment, the strength of a grassroots mobilization makes all the difference.”
ECOHYBRIDITY will be free and open to the public from August 28-September 1, 2015 and staged in accessible public and private locations around the city.