should art 2020 | G5A at 5

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2020: G5A at 5

“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.  We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.” –Arundhati Roy

Over the past five years, we at G5A, have been slowly and quietly, with compassion and care, working hard to create a safe space for independent art and artists of our neighborhood, city, and country. A safe space for art that is bold, courageous, and true. Simultaneously, we have been a hub for our community leveraging the power of the arts to reinforce identity, ownership, and collaborative participation.

We have been firmly asserting the importance and necessity of the arts in our lives and the role it should play. And now it is even more critical. Over these five years we have built a community and ecosystem that believes in the possibility of new, unfiltered, voices and the possibility of building communities that are equitable, inclusive, and just.

We have encountered many opinions along this road that have insisted that art should not and art must not.  We’ve always felt the best way to respond to this is to continue the work we do. To continue asking ourselves and our community of what art should.

The G5A community of artists, audiences and advocates comes together not only to celebrate 5 years of our journey, in whatever capacity we are able to at the moment, but also to reinforce our ecosystem and the long path through the portal.

We have a wonderful few days planned with conversations, presentations, and performances and we hope you will share with us this time of celebration and hope. 

Our luggage need carry little else but tools for our art, strength for our voices, and hope for our children.

This is only the beginning.

should art | 2020


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“Can writing in any form, act as a platform to learn, share, heal, and relieve the burden of reality, and nurture an ecology of cultural collaboration?”

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“When resistance is criminalised, sustaining, supporting, and expanding safe spaces that act as repositories for creative expression is the only safeguard for local histories.”

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