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IMPACT 2012: A Festival Of Political Art In New York City

by Stuart Wilber on August 14, 2012

in Arts,News,Stuart Wilber

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Via Culture Project:

If you’re in the New York City area, check out IMPACT 2012: A Festival of Political Art presented by Culture Project. Running now through August 26th, Culture Project’s festival consists of documentaries, satirical political comedy, music, theater and new art created by emerging and established artists along with provocative conversations focusing on subjects crucial to the decision making process and the preservation of our democracy and constitution.

TONIGHT, Tuesday 8/14 at 8PM:

Urban Word NYC + MaG featuring Jon Braman and Arthur Lewis

“The city’s best teenage poets” (The New York Times) take the stage with poetry and performance. Founded on the belief that teenagers can and must speak for themselves, Urban Word NYC has been at the forefront of the youth spoken word, poetry and hip-hop movements in New York City since 1999. Urban Word NYC presents literary arts education and youth development programs in the areas of creative writing, journalism, college prep, literature and hip-hop.

 

MaGThis evening will also feature a return performance by MaG, featuring Jon Braman and Arthur Lewis. MaG has been featured in popular media outlets such as BBC Radio, RCRD LBL, URB, BRM, and HipHopDX, and has performed at Webster Hall, Brooklyn Bowl, Piano’s, S.O.B.’s, Southpaw, Public Assembly and other popular venues in New York City and throughout the U.S., continuing to spread his message of Hip-Hop/Soul music to the masses. Tickets $10.

Admittance to the rest of the week’s events are on a “pay what you will” basis.

Tomorrow, Wednesday 8/15 at 7pm:

Conversation on Voter Suppression and Citizens United

Isaiah Castilla (Advocacy Programs Council, Alliance for Justice) moderates a conversation around voter suppression and Citizens United, the landmark Supreme Court case that granted corporations the same first amendment rights as citizens. With Diana Sen (Associate Counsel, Latino Justice PRLDEF) and Mimi Marziani (Counsel in Democracy Program of the Brennan Center, NYU School of Law). The program is presented with support from Alliance for Justice. (Latino Justice, PRLDEF was formerly know as  the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, is a New York-based national civil rights organization with the goal of changing discriminatory practices via advocacy and litigation. Privately funded, nonprofit and nonpartisan, it is part of the umbrella Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.)

Friday 8/17 at 7pm:

Media that Matters: Shorts screening and conversation,

An evening of short films related to constitutional rights curated by Arts Engine from their Media That Matters collection. The Media That Matters Film Festival is the premiere showcase for short films on the most important topics of the day. Local and global, online and in communities around the world, Media That Matters engages diverse audiences and inspires them to take action. Presented by IMPACT 2012 and Arts Engine.

All events at Culture Project
45 Bleecker Street
(near Lafayette St)
New York, NY 10012
Subway: B. D, F, M to Broadway/Lafayette or 6 to Bleecker Street

Stuart Wilber. Photo by Mathew Ryan Williams

 

Stuart Wilber believes that living life openly as a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender or Allied person is the most powerful kind of activism. Shortly after meeting his partner in Chicago in 1977, he opened a gallery named In a Plain Brown Wrapper, where he exhibited cutting edge work by leading artists; art that dealt with sexuality and gender identification. In the late 1980’s when they moved to San Clemente, CA in Orange County, life as an openly gay couple became a political act. They moved to Seattle 16 years ago and married in Canada a few weeks after British Columbia legalized same-sex marriage. Although legally married in some countries, they are only considered domestic partners in Washington State. Equality continues to elude him.

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