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May with Flyaway
In this Newsletter:
Thank You: Bay Area Dance Week
Call for Submissions:The Only Door I Can Open
BOOM Arts and Flyaway presents:APPARATUS OF REPAIR
Applications Closed: GIRLFLY 2023
Thank You: Bay Area Dance Week
For supporting our dance experiments and improvisation!
Call for Submissions: The Only Door I Can Open: Women Exposing Prison Through Art and Poetry
Deadline for Submission: June 30, 2023
The Only Door I Can Open: Women Exposing Prison Through Art and Poetry is a visual art exhibition presented online by Museum of the African Diaspora(MoAD), curated from within prison by Empowerment Avenue’s Tomiekia Johnson and Chantell Jeannette, in partnership with Flyaway Productions. Through visual art and poetry, artists will tell their story in their own way.
The exhibition currently includes visual artists and poets incarcerated at the Central California Women’s Facility at Chowchilla (CCWF). We are looking to recruit 3 more artists that identify as women, trans or non-binary, who are of African descent and formerly incarcerated, to participate in this online exhibition presented by MoAD in October 2023. Selected artists will be compensated $500 for their participation.
BOOM ARTS presents Flyaway's: APPARATUS OF REPAIR in Portland, Oregon
June 9-11, 2023 Friday-Sunday, 8:30PM (performances may be moved to June 12 or 13, in the event of inclement weather)
NW 4th Ave and Everett Street Portland, Oregon
APPARATUS OF REPAIR is the culmination of The Decarceration Trilogy, an ambitious series of site-specific aerial dance and public art events addressing the devastating effects of mass incarceration in the United States. Apparatus of Repair transforms the intimate healing process of restorative justice into a public performance, danced in the air and on the vertical surfaces of buildings.
With a cast of five female dancers, Apparatus of Repair engages ideas of restorative justice as an alternative to the prison system. The work is grounded in the lived experiences of survivors of violent assault as well as the perpetrators of that violence. Many of the participating artists consented to bring their own deeply personal experiences to the project as survivors.
“Restorative justice is a fast-growing social movement offering peaceful solutions to harm,” said Flyaway Artistic Director Jo Kreiter. “To quote activist Aishah Shahidah Simmons, it is ‘love with accountability.’ Restorative justice causes less damage and holds more hope than our current legal system.”
Over the last two years, Flyaway has worked in coalition with Community Works based in Oakland, California. The organization has been a leader in the field of restorative justice, serving to advance policies and practices that promote diversion away from prisons as well as successful reentry for those who serve time. Led by restorative justice practitioner Kevin Martin, Community Works connected Flyaway with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people as part of the research for the piece.
Photo Credits: 1 & 2) Brechin Flournoy of Celine Alwyn Parker, Jo Kreiter, and Mihyun Lee in #330 - 2023; 3) RJ Muna of Clarissa Dyas for Meet Us Quickly with Your Mercy - 2021; 4) Austin Forbord of Alayna Stroud Duarte for Apparatus of Repair - 2022; 5a) Photo by Vitali Kononov of GIRLFLY 2019, 5b) Photo by Lydia Daniller of GIRLFLY 2022