Join IDA director A-lan Holt for an instagram stories takeover in honor of the Lyric McHenry Community Arts Fellowship in partnership with @officialretrouve TODAY. A-lan will talk about all things beauty, black liberation, and ways we can use our influence to catalyze racial justice. Join the conversation now at @officialretrouve
IDA is excited to announce a new partnership with @officialretrouve and the #lyricmchenrycommunityartsfellowship read below to learn more about the partnership and visit (@idastanford) stories to get to know this year’s brilliant fellows. ・・・ On this important day and in honor of the continued liberation of black people in the United States, we are privileged to contribute to the Lyric McHenry Community Arts Fellowship, a non-profit organization that enables Stanford University undergraduates to spend the summer working full-time in the arts with a particular focus on racial and social justice. * We believe that the Fellowship recipients' commitment to fighting for racial justice and equity through their art will make a monumental difference to our collective future. To learn more about the Lyric McHenry Community Arts Fellowship and ways that you can contribute, please visit lyricmchenry.com. #linkinbio * * * #retrouve #artsciencebeauty #foragoodcause #lyricmchenry #juneteenth #allblacklivesmatter #blacklivesmatter #racialjustice #socialjustice #equality #thearts #stanford
A poetic moment, or two, or three with the wonderful Marc Bamuthi Joseph (@bamuthi360 ) ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ This Thursday, June 11, poet and multi-disciplinary artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph joins Stanford Institute for Diversity in the Arts Director A-lan Holt in a live dialogue with poetry at its center. Through the power of literary expression, Joseph and Holt discuss the importance of our present, and the possibilities of the future. - RSVP at live.stanford.edu/poetic • This event will take place via Zoom Webinar
Dear IDA family, I wanted to write to you more personally today, not just as director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, but also as a Black woman, a mother, an artist, and as someone deeply committed to justice for the long haul. This quarter has been a rough one for our community. We have experienced displacement, disarray, and disproportionate outcomes due to COVID-19, we have held space for two student deaths and transitions in our community, we have fought for racial justice and sensitivity in the classroom, we have found space in our hearts to grieve the loss of black life on a global scale. We have done this, all while maintaining our commitment to education, to our community, and to ourselves. I am writing to you now, on Tuesday June 2nd, a bit late because I too have been holding the weight of all these things in my spirit. I have been trying to make sense of this in my body, with my children, while also continuing to fight on behalf of all of you in whatever room of influence I might find myself in. At IDA, we know that fighting for justice on this campus and in this world can feel isolating and lonely. It can feel like exerting so much labor with few generative outcomes. It can feel like Stanford often replicates the very violences we experience out in the world as BIPOC. It can feel like generations of advocacy without much advancement. We hear you on this. We see you. When I first returned to Stanford to be part of the IDA team, it was the fall after students shut down the San Mateo Bridge in response to police brutality toward black people on the birthday of MLK. The university was more silent then than it is now, but the issues remain the same. I remember that first quarter, how tender we all were. How much healing we needed and wanted to give to each other. I remember how the Harmony House was filled with black and brown femmes, queers, crips, activists all trying to turn a house into a home. I remember that time as being full of impossible possibility. I am heartbroken that we find ourselves here again: figuring out what to do with all the pieces. To read the full message from our fearless leader, click on the link in bio.
Meditative Practice and Social Activism, a healing moment of reflection and engagement at a time of grief and rage in our nation, this event is open to people of all ethnicities. Kamilah will lead a guided meditation to center us amidst the volatile situation in which we find ourselves, followed by reflections on how contemplation guides action. She will share her insights on how contemplative practice enables us to process and harness emotions of rage and hatred in the face of racial violence and injustice and empower our social activism. A Q & A will follow and she will close with another short meditation. Join us via Zoom on Wednesday at 2:00 PM. RSVP to receive Zoom link on the day of the event. Link in bio. Healing Hearts Circle Series is a project supported by the Office of the Vice President for the Arts and co-sponsored by the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.
Congratulations Natalie! We are so excited and proud of our IDA fellow Natalie Johnson on her VPA Senior Grant. She was awarded funding from a highly competitive pool of close to 30 selected applications to execute an art project in the year after graduation. Natalie will spend the summer writing a speculative fiction novella, extending her creative writing journey at Stanford and engaging with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The world of her novella is also steeped in a pandemic, but unlike the coronavirus, this virus does not spread through contact with infected persons. Rather, it preys on people not living close enough together in large enough communities. Instead of necessitating widespread social distancing, this virus forces people into small, densely populated communes for immunity and survival, reshaping society for some and, for others, reinforcing the way the community has always lived. Natalie spent significant time during undergrad years studying and writing in the genre of speculative fiction. Writing such a novella during this great social upheaval feels urgent and important to her. Please join us in congratulating our brilliant Natalie on her award! We can’t wait to see her innovative novella become a reality!
As part of our Artist Talks Series, we are excited to welcome back world renowned DJ Lynnee Denise who will be in conversation with Maritri Garrett, the extraordinary soulful musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. Maritri studied with both Geri Allen and Grady Tate and has worked across genre. She's been at once deeply independent in building her art her way, and deeply communal at the same time. This event will take place TODAY via Zoom from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM. The conversation will center on how one can develop and grow as artists and pursue one's work while maintaining artistic and intellectual independence.They will speak on their extraordinary individual journeys as they built their voices and their approaches to their work. A one-hour concert with Maritri will follow. Click link in bio to RSVP and to receive the Zoom link. An event not to be missed!
We are so excited to be introducing The Healing Hearts Circle Series to our community at this moment in time.Healing Hearts Circle is a series of gatherings and workshops with artists exploring their journeys of spiritual healing and empowerment in individual and community contexts. This is a rare opportunity to share vulnerable and intimate space with artists whose creative work expresses our human diversity in oneness and love of social and environmental justice. Our inaugural guest is New York Times writer Walter Thompson-Hernandez. Join us Wednesday, May 27th at 2:00 PM PST for an engaging and intimate conversation about his extraordinary career path giving voice to the humanity and struggles of those most alienated, oppressed and marginalized. RSVP to join us next week Wednesday @ 2 PM. Link in bio.
*DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 22nd!!* IDA and the Office for Inclusion, Belonging, and Intergroup Communication Presents: Faces of Community 2020! Faces of Community aspires to introduce the incoming class to the unique and varied personal stories and identities of current students. We invite performers and speakers to apply by May 22nd. The application link is in our bio!