It is our civic responsibility to engage with our community on ideas about race, gender, identity, and power in this country. As our democracy faces unprecedented threats, it’s never been more important for us to strengthen this republic by lifting up the voices of the people.
It’s Monumental . . . Ending the Silence is a virtual arts and communications festival to engage our campus and community in a public dialogue. We will use Arts and Communications to explore the dynamics of racism/antiracism, anti-blackness, white supremacy culture and the fluid concepts that develop as we expand our understanding of these phenomena in our society. Works created across our campus and community will be the springboards for public forums and personal conversations as we grapple to understand the complexity of building and sustaining a multiracial democracy.
We hope to inspire creative ways to fill the vacuum of silence. We hope that faculty will encourage and invite students to use this topic for individual or group assignments. We hope that other educational institutions and organizations will add their voices to the dialogue as collaborators, creators, or dialogue partners. We hope that individuals will find us a brave community of support to communicate their lived experiences and complex perspectives. And we hope to foster an environment of compassionate listening.
Monuments are metaphors embedded in our physical landscape, collective imaginations and value systems. They structure the way we see the world and understand our story. The starting point for the creation of each work for our festival is a “Monument” using an expanded understanding of monuments to include (but not limited to):
- Physical monuments such as Confederate statues that valorize our racist past
- Ideas that have monumentalized in our founding documents, legal systems, cultural practices and family
- Recent monuments that deserve greater attention, such as the Equal Justice Initiative Lynching Memorial
- Imaginary monuments that we envision replacing the old ones
- Others to be discovered
Who Can Participate
Participation is open to everyone who wishes to contribute or support the project. While the primary focus is on Palomar College Faculty, Students, Staff, Administrators and Community Members, we invite participation and partnership from the community at large including individuals, organizations and educational institutions. We are building a list of participants in any of the following categories:
- Creative Collaborators- Join our ensemble of artists creating original works for this project
- Individual Contributors – Submit a performance, artwork, speech or essay
- Dialogue Partners – Individuals or organizations that help facilitate productive dialogues, panels etc.
- Project Volunteers
- Public Outreach Amplifiers – anyone who is willing to help spread the word.
If you are interested, please use the button below to fill out our participation survey.Participation Survey
Teachers Rapid Response
Palomar College has committed to an antiracist cultural transformation. Do your part by offering this topic as part of an assignment, group project or extra credit. Can you imagine your students’ work having a platform in our virtual festival? Please use the button below to share your contact information.
Teacher Contact Information
Imaginary Monuments are works that imagine wholly new, theoretical monuments to reframe the American experience and aspirations with an accurate view of our racial history and it’s dissonance with our avowed value system. Imaginary monuments to celebrate, commemorate, complicate and challenge.
We are dedicated to creating a supportive platform for marginalized voices to share their lived experiences, viewpoints and creative expressions. Lifting Voices encourages works that transform personal experiences into public expression. Your voice deserves to be heard.
Political change starts with personal action.These works use the empathy inherent in art to explore how we can engage in difficult conversations in our everyday lives. How do white allies and accomplices have productive conversations with their resistant family, friends and acquaintances? What are the pitfalls that prevent communication within the the coalition fighting for equity and justice? What other difficult conversations inhabit the landscape of this fraught but hopeful moment? How can we help each other move through these conversations toward progress?
Making the Invisible VISIBLE
Art has the capacity open our eyes, hearts and minds to see the world in new ways. These works use narrative and metaphor to tell important personal and collective stories that have been obscured by the victors of history and to make visible the hidden systems and connections that obstruct the path to equity and justice.
Create Your Own Category
Do you have an idea that doesn’t fit neatly into one of these categories? No problem. Expand on our framework with your own approach to ending the silence about racism in our society. Your ideas are vital to fostering productive communication about the dynamics of racism, antiracism, anti-blackness, and white supremacy culture. These are fluid concepts that develop as we expand our understanding of these phenomena in our society.
Creatives • Collaborators • Contributors
We imagine many formats for communication & hope some of you will suggest other formats we have not yet imagined. So far our recommended formats include:
Poetry • Speeches • Essays • Songs & Musical Compositions • Solo and Ensemble Dances • Visual Art in all Media • Video Art • Short Stories • Tik Toks • Short plays & Monologues • And . . .
Submissions, Connections and Encouragement
Submit material using our Monumental Collector Form. Early submissions received March 1, 2021 will get first consideration. Submissions accepted until April 1, 2021.
If you are considering submitting a piece to the festival and would like connect with us please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Festival • May 14, 15 & 16 • 2021
Live Performance Zoom Stage
- Theatre, Dance & Music Performances
- Spoken Word Poetry
- Readings and Speeches
- Visual Art
- Video Compositions
- Written works – Short Stories, Poems, Essays
Roundtable and facilitated dialogues on Zoom, to respond, process, reimagine and organize!