“The superpower of Art is that it creates just enough distance from the object it represents to enable people to see and feel and think and understand new experiences and perspectives.”

 ABOUT OUR RESPONSE WALLS

Our response walls are one way to END THE SILENCE and create conversations about this most uncomfortable and difficult topic.  We encourage you to give your time and attention to participating thoughtfully, honestly, kindly and mindfully in these response wall.  Before you dive in, here are some of the values and agreements we hope you will follow.

Dialogue. The goal of this project is to stimulate productive dialogues.  Unlike debate, dialogue emphasizes listening to deepen understanding. Dialogue invites discovery. It develops common values and allows participants to express their own Interests. It expects that participants will grow in understanding and may decide to act together with common goals. In dialogue, participants can question and reevaluate their assumptions. Through this process, people are learning to work together to improve race relations.

Critical Multicultural Consciousness: The process of cultivating critical multicultural consciousness encourages us to embrace an expansive understanding of the social, political, cultural, and economic constructs derived from the legacies of European colonialism that inscribe systemic, generational  oppressions.  Only by expanding, embracing, and analyzing many cultural perspectives can we determine effective actions to counter racism and oppression.

Mindful Communication: Our intention to cultivate a more just and peaceful society requires all communication to be engaged with a sense of mindfulness that invites listening, curiosity, empathy, and awareness of the impact of our words and tone.  We strive to be fully present, open and non-judgmental, and relate to others with compassion.

Curiosity: We encourage our participants to enter this experience with an authentic and open curiosity to understand new and unfamiliar experiences and perspectives.

Discomfort: Experiencing multiple perspectives and cultural differences often make us feel uncomfortable.  Embracing discomfort is a necessary step towards expanding awareness and knowledge of our complex society.  

Brave Space: We expect all participants to contribute to the creation of a collective brave space that empowers people to speak their truths mindfully without fear of judgment, harassment, or retribution.  

Language: Artful communication employs language deliberately to convey experiences and perspectives with significant impact.  Explicit language constitutes an authentic aspect of human experience and expression and may be included in submitted material; however we highly discourage it in any dialogue forums.  All forms of “Hate Speech” are unacceptable and antithetical to the goals of this project.  

 

Agreements for Dialogue

 

  • Goals:
    • Broader understanding
    • Building Community
    • Immediate actions
    • Solutions
  • Open-mindedness: Listen to and respect all points of view.
  • Respect: Treat others as you would like to be treated.
  • Acceptance: Suspend judgment as best you can.
  • Curiosity: Seek to understand rather than persuade
  • Discovery: Question assumptions, look for new insights.
  • Sincerity: Speak what has personal heart and meaning.
  • Brevity: Go for honesty and depth but don’t go on and on.

 

1

this is (not) indian country

 

 

A

Audio • Video • Spoken Word

 

Gallery of Visual Art

 

c

Gallery of Written Text

 

Gallery of On The Street Interviews

Coming Soon! We interviewed people all over San Diego County asking them to share their thoughts on race relations in the USA today.  Check out these candid responses to this controversial topic.