Moving Together: Activism, Art and Education is a weeklong program taking place from 12 – 17 May at various arts, cultural, educational and heritage institutions, and community centers in Amsterdam. Together with esteemed guest Professor Angela Y. Davis, as well as artists, scholars, activists and audience members, we will look into questions of citizenship, communal knowledge sharing, intergenerational activism, and relevant artistic practices.
Artists, educators and activists have often been at the forefront of challenging social and cultural hierarchies within society. Events of the past decade have highlighted a noticeable increase in authoritarianism, racism, sexism, environmental disasters and economic hardship at local and global levels. This turbulent climate has prompted significant responses in the form of social movements calling for more inclusion, decolonization, and liberation within cultural and educational institutions.
In what ways are artists, educators and activists re-energizing cultural and knowledge production in the Netherlands? In what ways can institutions help mobilize these efforts towards creating a more just society for all?
Armed with thoughts, books, poetry and dance Moving Together: Activism, Art and Education aims to connect social, cultural, and educational institutions and initiatives in order to address themes of social justice, equality, artistic production and education, and share the emancipatory practices that emerge within these fields with a larger public.
This weeklong series celebrates the role and importance of black scholarship, cultural production, and activism within our contemporary polarized society. Central to the program is the work of Professor Angela Davis, whose life’s work exemplifies the value of interdisciplinary and intersectional practices of liberation.
Angela Davis’s work spans many decades. She is deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world through her activism and scholarship. Her work as an educator – both at the university and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender and sexual justice. Angela Davis is joined by her long-term collaborator Gina Dent, whose work on prison abolition, feminism, social justice, and black literature and art contributes to the ongoing struggle for global social justice.
Moving Together aspires to amplify ongoing conversations on refugee, anti-racist, feminist, queer, trans*, anti-border, anti-nationalist, prison abolition, and environmental justice struggles through sharing knowledge and strengthening connections between arts, activism and education.
Curatorial team: Amal Alhaag, Quinsy Gario, Nadia Bekkers, Mikki Stelder and Bojana Mladenović
Additional curatorial contributions by: Mitchell Esajas, Jessica de Abreu and Maria Guggenbichler
Program coordinator: Sènami Awunou
Graphic design and visual identity: Céline Wouters
Social media content coordinator: Joëlle Raus
PR and marketing by: Triple P Entertainment
Website built by: effiecient.nl
Catering by: Simon Marschall, Claire Gheerbrant, Gianluca Turricchia
Black Heritage Amsterdam Tours host: Jennifer Tosch
Image used in the visual campaign is courtesy of Daily Bruin archives
Research Center for Material Culture team
Amal Alhaag, Wayne Modest, Ninja Rijnks-Kleikamp, Simone Vogel, Damiana de Windt
Academy of Theatre and Dance team
Jan Zoet, Paul Jeroen Willems, Arjan Schoolderman, Wouter van Loon, Charlotte Sickler
SNDO – School for New Dance Development: Bojana Mladenović, Stephanie Lühn
AIR – Artist in Residence program: Marijke Hoogenboom and Eleonora van Vloten
Moving Together: Activism, Art and Education is initiated by SNDO – School for New Dance Development and produced by the Academy of Theatre and Dance as part of AIR – Artist in Residence program of the Amsterdam University of the Arts and the Research Center for Material Culture (Nationaal Museum voor Wereldculturen).
The project is generously supported by Democracy and Media Foundation and Mama Cash with contributions of the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis, Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies, the ASCA Research Group Transformations of Civil Disobedience: Democratization, Globalization, Digitalization, VU University Amsterdam, Organisation of the Research Institute for Culture, History and Heritage, CLUE+, BAK basis voor actuele kunst Utrecht, Framer Framed, the Black Archives and the Black Heritage Amsterdam Tours.