Four DMV-area arts leaders will co-curate and assemble a 4-week series of free streaming programs celebrating BIPOC artists and the tradition of social protest, presented by Olney Theatre Center. Kicking off on Friday, October 9, and running through October 30, each installment will highlight a different pillar of social justice: “Accessibility,” “Rights,” “Equity,” and “Participation.”
Co-curators Chil Kong (Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre MTC), Kevin McAllister (actor and Artistic Director of ArtsCentric, Inc), Nicole A. Watson (Associate Artistic Director at Round House Theatre), and Elena Velasco (Artistic Director of Convergence Theatre) were invited by Olney Theatre’s Artistic Director to create a program around the theme of performance and social justice, responding to the social upheaval of the past summer and highlighting BIPOC artists during the period leading up to this fall’s general election.
Artists who have signed-on to the project include dancer/choreographer Cristina “Macho” Camacho, theatre artists Vaugh Midder, McAllister’s ArtsCentric Inc., vocalists Jade Jones, Rayshun Lamar, Nova Payton, musical group Let It Flow, dancer Maria Simpkins and digital artist Jen White-Johnson.
A finalized schedule and streaming details will be released in late-September.
Tentatively the Just Arts schedule will be:
October 9 - “Equity” curated by Nicole A. Wallace
October 16 - “Rights” curated by Elena Velasco
October 23 - “Participation” curated by Kevin McAllister
October 30 - “Access” curated by Chil Kong
Craig Packard and Joan Dubinsky
Lois Taylor and Stephen Simpson