The world changes quickly, the technological media making planet earth a global village. We immediately know what is happening in distant places, and instantly their issues are right in our living rooms. We can no longer claim ignorance.
Here in the USA, the country’s first black president seem to be under siege from groups inimical to the welfare of the entire world, including Jamaica. While regarding our homeland, we wonder what is going on (“Mother, mother, we don’t need to escalate. War is not the answer”…M Gaye).
Some of us unfortunately, have taken an under-informed approach to the issues in both lands. Understandable really, what with both societies seem to be jumping from one issue to another at lightning speed, causing many of us to lose our focus on some of the more important things… knowledge, understanding, resolution.
Yet beneath the surface we want to understand and we care for our fellow beings. But most of all, we would like all differences to be amicably resolved.
The radical “Art as Activist” Event, will not solve society’s problems, but it can give us a deeper understanding into the hearts and minds and differences amongst us, by providing a different kind of forum for those who, in a more creative platform, want us to acknowledge their right of being. And will be ‘radically good fun’. We will even be having our own Tea Party! Not Boston, not Anti-Tax, but a tea party to be envied nevertheless.
This exposition of Activist art, showcases the canvases of six accomplished visual artists -Robert Wilson, Tabatha Mudra, Addonis Parker, David Rohn, Steven Gagnon and Jamaicans.com Hear I Rant blogger Louis Davis. The powerful and oft times controversial works will be complemented by the words and music of Lukkus Wolf and Es Oh, the comedic wit of Hansen Sinclair, and the dynamic spoken words of Nzingah Oniwosan, and this year’s South Florida representative to the Spoken Word Nationals, Jashua Sa Ra. Music will be spun by DJ One Star and will feature a mix of advocacy music from Marley to Metallica. Serious issues… but still… good fun.
The Event opens this weekend, Saturday June 19 at 7:pm, at the Sailboat Bend Artists Lofts, 1310 SW 2nd St, Ft Lauderdale, 33312. The visual arts show will continue thru to July and with workshops intended for the Saturdays in-between, and a Radical Closing party for the July 10th @7pm.
The honour of your presence is requested. The presence of your mind, will be elevated.