February 17, 2016
The EMMA team collaborated with the brilliant and talented community engaged artist Vanessa Richards, who led the audience in participatory song before and after Rebecca Solnit’s talk. The singing was an action that encouraged a creative, participatory and immersive engagement, which allowed us to begin to explore the possibilities of collaborative art-making as a community response to important issues and ideas.
Vanessa asked us to unsilence our voices: “We made mention of our voices being silenced. There’s cultural silence, and then there’s our internalized silence. If anybody ever told you, you shouldn’t sing, I give you an opportunity this evening to reclaim your voice.”
photos by Vivienne McMaster