"Artists Changing the Course of the River"- Arts in a Changing America

Editor’s Note: This week’s  contribution is by Malesha Taylor who furthers the discussion on how artists are leading the way in creating new narratives and models of creative practice. The original conversation was first presented at the Arts In A Changing America REMAP: Bay Area’s Future Conversations panel “Artists Changing the Course of the River.” 

I am honored and thankful to be apart of this conversation: how we can remap and change the course of the river.  Maps and rivers involve lines, sometimes to divide and sometimes to nourish and draw in. They also define flow, movement and the rhythm of communities. In my art practice, I am seeking opportunities to bring the arts to people directly without the barriers and invisible lines we find between audiences and performers.  I am aligning my work with my values which are centered in social justice and bringing more power back to the people who make up our communities.

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