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We hosted a discussion discuss the power of art to heal, create change, and take action at this moment in time. The event included the “You’ll Heal Tacoma” video of the public art project by Jessica Spring of the Public Art Reaching Community (PARC) program in Tacoma and a performance by classically trained violinist, Rachel Joshua. Then we heard from our panelists, as they shared what is inspiring them now and the challenges and opportunities for creating and presenting art during COVID-19. Panelists included:
As we embark on the start of a very different school year, we focused this program on education and equity, an issue amplified by the pandemic. We discussed your hopes for this school year, heard from amazing young leaders, and explored actions we can all take to build more equity in education. Speakers included Azure Savage, Activist & Author of You Failed Us: Students of Color Talk Seattle Schools, Alejandra Perez, Community Organizer with the Washington Dream Coalition, Yubi Mamiya, Discovery Center Youth Ambassador, and Daniel Harada, elementary school educator and board member of Equal Rights Washington. We also hosted an inspiring musical performance by Thunderbirds Raised Her.
Explore how communities and organizations are coming together around the 2020 census and voter registration and outreach. Hear from Susan Balbas, co-founder and executive director of The Na’ah Illahee Fund (NIF) in conversation with Kamau Chege, director of the Washington Census Alliance, as well as a musical performance from the Tacoma Refugee Choir and local leaders, like and Community Organizer Nura Abdi, working on voter registration and outreach.