Announcing Silence Is Violence: What Now?
YPT's Third Annual Social Justice Multi-Arts Event
Monday, February 27 and Tuesday, February 28, 2017
2020 Shannon Pl. SE, Washington, DC 20020
Pay What You Can/Voluntary Contribution
Since 2015, Silence Is Violence has been a platform for YPT students and DC-area artists to address social justice issues that affect them through performance and community dialogue. Our first two events focused on the #BlackLivesMatter movement, responding powerfully to police brutality against black communities and facilitating a conversation that spanned generations and cultures.
This year, we are shifting focus to a social justice concern that has risen to the forefront in light of the most recent presidential election: immigration. YPT serves students from a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are immigrants and English Language Learners, and we have seen from them that issues surrounding immigration affect them on a daily basis. It is our hope that Silence Is Violence: What Now? will allow them not only to explore these issues in the company of adult artists, but will also serve as a safe space and a vehicle for constructive discourse.
Through multi-disciplinary performances, visual art, a panel of experts, a community quilt and more, Silence Is Violence: What Now? will explore the immigrant experience and immigrants’ rights, engage with issues of Islamophobia and xenophobia and celebrate the cultures of all people who make the United States their home. We look forward to working with our diverse student body and artistic community to bring to life the many voices that make our nation great!
Join us! Share your immigration-related artwork (visual art, poetry, monologue, etc.) on our blog - selected pieces may be featured in the show! Then come to the show on Feb. 27 or 28, contribute to our community quilt and speak your mind.
Tickets to Silence Is Violence: What Now? are Pay What You Can/Voluntary Contribution. We know that not everyone can contribute, but if you can, please do so at the door!
Presented in partnership with the Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs, Sitar Arts Center, Split This Rock, GALA Hispanic Theatre, DC SCORES, and Alexandria City Public Schools. More to come!