Upcoming Events

October 21-28, 2021

Film Screening: Since I Been Down

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Gilda Sheppard's award-winning documentary, Since I Been Down, will be available for online viewing October 21-28.

Since I Been Down tells the story of the rising rates of incarceration and its impact on Tacoma, WA, as a result of the fear-based policies of the 1980s and ‘90s that labeled the community’s most-vulnerable children as irredeemable “super predators.” The targeting of Brown and Black youth led to the disappearance of an entire generation of children.

October 26, 2021 4-5:30 PM PDT

Conversation: adrienne maree brown and Gilda Sheppard

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Visualizing Abolition continues with author adrienne maree brown and Gilda Sheppard, director of the recent documentary, Since I Been Down.

Since I Been Down is a profound and revealing film investigating the circumstances and inequities that have landed a whole generation of Black and Brown youth in prison. In a wide-ranging conversation about filmmaking and abolition, brown and Sheppard will engage the critical questions the film raises about how to build trust, and restore and repair those lives devastated by the U.S. criminal legal system.

Registration to this event will also include limited access to an online screening of the award-winning Since I Been Down.

adrienne maree brown is the writer-in-residence at the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute, and author of Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation, We Will Not Cancel Us: And Other Dreams of Transformative Justice, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, and Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds.

Gilda Sheppard’s award-winning documentaries have screened throughout the United States, as well as in Ghana, France, and Berlin. For over a decade Sheppard has been teaching sociology classes in Washington's women and men’s prisons. She is a sponsor for the Black Prisoners' Caucus, and is among the founders and faculty of Freedom Education for Puget Sound (FEPPS). Sheppard is the author of Culturally Relevant Arts Education for Social Justice: A Way Out of No Way among other publications. Sheppard is a professor of sociology, cultural, and media studies at Evergreen State College, Tacoma Campus.

November 16, 2021, 4-5:30 PM PST

Conversation: Cassils and rafa esparza

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Cassils and rafa esparza are both internationally renowned performance and visual artists who, in 2020, organized the large-scale socially engaged collaboration: In Plain Sight. In Plain Sight is a coalition of 80 artists, led by Cassils and esparza, united to create an artwork dedicated to the abolition of immigrant detention and the United States culture of incarceration.

Cassils is a transgender artist who makes their own body the material and protagonist of their performances. Cassils's art contemplates the history(s) of LGBTQI+ violence, representation, struggle and survival. They have had recent solo exhibitions premier globally, including at the Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts, Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, and MU Hybrid Art House, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Cassils is the recipient of many awards and fellowships, such as a Fleck Residency from the Banff Center for the Arts, a Villa Bellagio Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, the inaugural ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art, a California Community. Foundation Grant, and MOTHA (Museum of Transgender Hirstory) award. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, Artforum, Hyperallergic, Wired, The Guardian, among others.

rafa esparza is a multidisciplinary artist whose work reveals his interests in history, personal narratives, and kinship, his own relationship to colonization and the disrupted genealogies that it produces. Using live performance as his main form of inquiry, esparza employs site-specificity, materiality, memory, and what he calls (non)documentation as primary tools to investigate and expose ideologies, power structures, and binary forms of identity that establish narratives, history, and social environments. esparza is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, and Art Matters Foundation grant, among others. In addition to multiple solo and group exhibitions, esparza has performed at art institutions including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. esparza's work is in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and others.

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