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Join us on April 20 & 21, 2017 for ArtChangeUS REMAP: Richmond in partnership with Alternate ROOTS, ART 180, and RIHD. ArtChangeUS REMAP: Richmond will bring together activists, artists and changemakers at the University of Richmond Downtown. In conjunction with ROOTS Weekend-Richmond: Creating a World Without Prisons (April 20-23), the convening will elevate ideas, voices, and collective action taking place nationally addressing the systems of youth and adult incarceration, and immigrant detention.
Richmond, on the Powhatan (James) River on Powhatan land, sits at the crossroads of U.S. government and commerce. Since 2000, 75% of Virginia’s population growth has come from residents of color and combined with Washington, D.C. and Maryland, the region is home to three of ten cities with the highest percentages of African Americans in the U.S. Within this context, featured artists and changemakers will share innovative arts-based experiences and ideas for narrative shifting, movement building, and impacting local and national policy.
ArtChangeUS REMAP: Richmond
Thursday, April 20: Join us for a community lunch followed a welcome and overview by Carlton Turner, Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS and Roberta Uno, Director of ArtChangeUS, followed by a call given by national organizer and writer Tia Oso and Pecha Kucha responses by poet and musician Kondwani Fidel, artist and activist Ashley Hunt, film director Tani Ikeda, historian Kyle T. Mays, visual artist Paul Rucker, and performances by Keith Wallace and The brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity INC.
Connect with ROOTS members and friends on Thursday evening at the ROOTS Weekend-Richmond Kick Off.
Friday, April 21: ArtChangeUS will launch the first morning of ROOTS Weekend-Richmond with a roundtable on policy and advocacy led by artist and organizer Kai Barrow in conversation with Co-Executive Director of the Highland Center Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, NJJN Youth Justice Leadership Fellow Dustina Gill, Deputy Director of Art 180 Trey Hartt, poet, cultural strategist and organizer Sonia Guiñansaca, immigration justice group ICE OUT of RVA, poet and musician Jessica Solomon, and more. Registration for ROOTS Weekend includes this session.
Saturday, April 22: Special performance by Climbing PoeTree featuring Truthworker Theatre Company presented by ArtChangeUS at ROOTS Lounge Live at the historic Hippodrome Theater. Additional performances by Truthworker Theatre Company, Teens With A Purpose and The Graduates.
Friday, April 21- Sunday, April 23: ROOTS Weekend-Richmond Creating a World Without Prisons is the fifth of six regional gatherings that Alternate ROOTS is convening throughout the South from 2015-2017. Through the theme of Creating a World Without Prisons, and in partnership with ArtChangeUS, ART 180, and RIHD, we take a close, critical look at the U.S. prison industrial complex – the largest system of incarceration in the world. ROOTS Weekend-Richmond aims to lift up artist-activists who are working towards a world where prisons are a thing of the past.
ROOTS Weekend-Richmond brings together artists, cultural workers, formerly incarcerated people and their families, law enforcement, criminal justice workers, faith communities, reformers, and abolitionists, to engage in deep dialogue, make art together, and learn from one another. Exploring the prison system broadly – from its roots in colonization and slavery, to its impact on communities of color, low income communities, young people, LGBTQ folks, and immigrants – we share strategies that bring about its end while building strength, health, and safety in communities most impacted by incarceration.
ROOTS Weekend-Richmond will include learning arcs focused on juvenile justice, immigrant detention, and the adult prison system. Leading up to the event, attendees will be invited to join a book study of Incarceration Nations written by Baz Dreisinger, led by SpiritHouse.
ArtChangeUS REMAP: Richmond Registration
Free registration includes all events April 20: ArtChangeUS + Alternate ROOTS community lunch, attendance to Thursday’s ArtChangeUS REMAP: Richmond convening, and the ROOTS Weekend-Richmond Opening Reception.
A separate registration to ROOTS Weekend-Richmond is required for April 21-23. Alternate ROOTS offers day, evening, and weekend passes. For more information and registration for ROOTS Weekend-Richmond, please visit Alternate ROOTS.
If you’d like to volunteer at ArtChangeUS REMAP: Richmond please contact info@ArtChangeUS.com
ArtChangeUS REMAP: Richmond is supported by Ford Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.