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Livestreamed on this page Thursday 7 June from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EDT (New York).

Thursday 7 June 2018

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Calling Up: Artists Respond to Gun Violence and Racial Inequity

Thursday 7 June 2018




CALLING UP organized a digital exchange with artists nationally responding to our ongoing crisis of gun and racial violence facilitated by Vidhu Singh, artist in residence at Brava Theater, and Claudia Alick, Executive Director of CALLING UP,  livestreamed from commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 7 June from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EDT (New York).

According to Everytown for Gun Safety, every day ninety-six Americans are killed with guns. According to the Malcom X Grassroots Project, every twenty-eight hours a black person is killed by vigilante, security guard, or the police in the United States. These statistics are disturbing and unacceptable. Organizations and artists are working to improve our understanding of the causes of this violence and the means to reduce them. Collaborative art making and community conversation have been effective tools to work for change. Participating in this conversation will be powerful playwrights, producers, performers, and craft artists all responding with national collaboration and community impact. We will be discussing our ongoing national crisis of racial inequity and gun violence.

Joining online will be Stephanie Wilborn, producer of the Every 28 Hours Black Arts Festival; Vidhu Singh, director of Books’n’Bullets and After Orlando at Brava Theater; Lauren Gunderson of Natural Shocks, a national campaign of theater activism against gun violence; Cathy Deforest founder of Vision Quilt; Tiffany Antone, producer of The Protest Plays Project; Sara Trail, founder of Social Justice Sewing AcademyJesica La Rel, a recording artist that harnesses the power of music for social change; and Ayodele Nzinga, the creative driving force of The Lower Bottom Playaz. 

We will also be sharing the conversation via Facebook Live from The Every 28 Hours Plays Facebook page.  Post questions to our event.


About HowlRound TV
HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world's performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email [email protected], or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archive of past events.

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Let's not forget the assault weapons ban expired in 2004 and after that, mass shootings exponentially augmented in this country