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Brooklyn community members gathered in BRIC’s Artist Studio on Saturday, May 19, 2018 for an afternoon of Freedom Dreaming. In exploration of distinguished U.S. History Professor Robin D.G. Kelley’s concept of Freedom Dreaming, the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Management Fellows programmed this event as a manifestation of our own Freedom Dreams as a cohort of women of color working towards equity in arts management. Freedom Dreaming encourages participants to create the world we dream of by first, visualizing the future we want to live in and second, determining the actions that will lead us there.
Local artists Nicole Mourino, Almaz Wilson and Nabila Wirakusumah had featured artworks in the space lifting up their amazing work and paving their journeys toward the actualization of their own artistic Freedom Dreams.
Truthworker Theatre Company, a social justice based hip-hop theatre company founded and directed by Samara Gaev gave an overwhelmingly cathartic performance of dance, song, spoken word, and step. They shared stories and dreams surrounding the prison-industrial complex and mass incarceration. After the performance piece, members of Truthworker led the group in a workshop, encouraging participants to connect with each other, listen actively, reflect, and speak their Freedom Dreams into existence. One by one, we invented our own beautiful endings to the following sentence….
Photographs by Max Hernandez-Webster