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PAGE2Ferguson Blog Salon

Enger Muteteke at the 2014 IA Atlanta conference.“The cameras have gone. I don’t know what to write. I don’t know what to say. I don’t know what to do. I am aware, though, that I must do something. My heart is pained right now as I live and pastor 10 miles outside of Baltimore City. Peaceful protests had been happening in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray prior to the riots that occurred. Yet, it was the ‘revolution’ that was televised. And yet still, in my consciousness, I hear the echoes of familiar names. Eric Garner. Trayvon Martin. Rekia Boyd. Walter Scott. Michael Brown. Countless others. Then, there is another word for which I am thankful and to which I am holding onto for dear life. Intersectionality.” – Baltimore City is About All of Us, Enger Muteteke, 2014-15 PAGE Fellow
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Emory University Organizing Institute

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On the second day of the institute, an urgent conversation emerged about the need for us, as a consortium of publicly engaged artists and scholars, to move from isolated views of “I” to a shared view of “we.” As the conversation moved on to expressions of despair about siloed academic departments and feelings of isolation for some colleagues within their institutions, National Advisory Board member Carol Bebelle stepped forward and shook our worlds. Wisely and boldly, she spoke about the important project in our fractured world of “weaving the we.” She expressed gratitude about the chance to be part of a growing movement that was taking up this project. When someone asked, “Where and how can IA contribute to what you’re talking about?” she responded by pointing out how we had been doing it together over the past few days, right at the institute. – Timothy Eatman & Scott Peters, IA Faculty Co-Directors, 2014 IA Conference Welcome

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We Are Imagining America

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“In dance particularly, when you start talking to people who do community-based work using dance and movement, they tell these amazing stories about, you know, ‘I worked in the classroom and there was this kid, the teacher said he never speaks, and then we did this work together and suddenly he was talking.’ We have a million miracle stories. But they’re invisible. They’re invisible stories, because you can’t hold that kid out there and put him on the stage. That’s not what it was about. It was about a moment in a process, but who is going to tell that story so people will understand the power of the arts? Could we create a genre of performance, that I was calling docudance, that tells these stories in an aesthetic that is powerful and moving?” – Celeste Miller, dance professor, Grinnell College

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