"Tonight is for a cause. It’s for a conversation. It’s for a community. It’s to connect. It’s to bring change." - Luis Marrero, Unmasked Open Mic Host
The first step in empowering and amplifying voices within vulnerable communities is self-education on the links between structural racism and the disproportionate environmental hazards found in underprivileged communities. At this pop up event, we continued the conversation of environmental justice via live improv theatre class connecting our lived experiences to the facts.
On Monday, May 24, 2021 Members of the press and general public were invited to hear more about the project and the upcoming events and artistic opportunities involved. Here we announced that Superior Arts was selected by the Trust for Public Land and the National Endowment for the Arts to serve as the lead artistic partner to implement a series of participatory theater workshops that will uncover and display the impacts of environmental injustice and racism with the communities experiencing them and perform these stories to prompt community-generated public dialogue and change.
With Camden artists at the forefront this project will serve as a mechanism for amplifying black and brown voices, exposing hard truths, beginning to heal through artistic self-expression, and promoting inclusive solutions to half a century of environmental racism and injustice in Camden.
Samir Nichols, Superior Arts Institute
Danielle Denk, Trust for Public Land
Vic Carstarphen, Camden Mayor
Jeffrey Nash, Board of Commissioners Camden County
Jessica Franzini, Camden Lutheran Housing Inc.
Hon. Shaneka Bourcher, Camden City Council
Yocontalie Jackson, Arts Culture Heritage Commission
Sheilah Greene, Superior Arts Institute
Camden Repertory Theatre Band
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