On Thursday, April 28, YWCA will host "Hear Our Voices," an evening of creative performance in honor of the 2016 Stand Against Racism.
We are seeking poets, storytellers, musicians, comedians, and other artists to perform at the event. Our intention is to shed light on subjects rarely discussed in public settings, creating space and giving permission for people who have often been silenced to tell their own stories.
We are seeking performances that tell a compelling story about race, racism, racial justice, privilege, oppression, allyship, or liberation.
The ideal pieces connect personal experiences to greater truths, and demonstrate the impact of racism in modern life.
Performances that provide examples of concrete actions that the audience can learn from are even better. We are especially seeking examples of individuals standing against racism, taking action in big and small ways, and that demonstrate the role the individuals and institutions can play in bringing about racial justice.
YWCA encourages a "race and..." approach, where performers share experiences through the lens of race (e.g. gender and race, sexuality and race, class and race, etc.)
YWCA USA's 2016 Stand Against Racism is "On a Mission for Girls of Color." Submissions may center on this theme, but are not required to.
Selection will be based on diversity of performers and topics.
Some sample topics: Islamophobia, colonialism, migration, intersectionality, anger, grief, allyship, reconciliation, whiteness, internalized oppression, the wealth gap, mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex, media representation, politics and election, families, education and schools, and jobs and workplaces.
Here are examples of pieces that would fit well into this event:
To share your submission, please complete this form and one of our committee members will be in touch. All submissions are required to include a sample recording.
Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. This campaign is one part of our larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism.
This year, our theme is On A Mission for Girls of Color! We will amplify the national discussion about the impacts of institutional and structural racism on the lives of girls of color. In 2015, over 750 locations hosted Stand Against Racism events across 44 states!