Three of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s “Artist as Activist” Fellows will be at BMC this year. We were pleased to make this connection through BMC alum Paul Rucker who is taking part in the multi-year fellowship run by Risë Wilson, Director of Philanthropy at the Foundation. The Fellows’ focus this year is addressing racial justice through the lens of mass incarceration.
In June we will be hosting John Malpede, who runs the LAPD—Los Angeles Poverty Department – Public Safety (FOR REAL!) and Jackie Sumell, whose remarkable collaborative work with prisoners in solitary confinement can be found here. In August Shontina Vernon will be joining us. She started the Visionary Justice StoryLab, an interdisciplinary arts “collaboratory” in which artists and community organizers use media and performance to surface young peoples’ narratives of systemic oppression.
We’re excited to be hosting these politically engaged artists, and look forward to the BMC-style cross-pollination that keeps us connected to the world. In October, Risë Wilson and I will be panelists at the Alliance of Artists’ Communities annual convening to discuss ways artist communities can support socially engaged artists.