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Announcing Silence Is Violence: What Now?
YPT's Third Annual Social Justice Arts Event

Announcing Silence Is Violence: What Now?

YPT's Third Annual Social Justice Multi-Arts Event

Monday, February 27 and Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Anacostia Playhouse

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!

What is Silence Is Violence?

Silence Is Violence is a workshop and performance series that brings together DC-area students, theater artists and activists of color to share their artistic responses to the #BlackLivesMatter movement and other social justice issues.

Silence Is Violence began in early 2015, in the wake of numerous violent police attacks on unarmed black men and women. The first event, Silence Is Violence: A #BlackLivesMatter Event, featured local teen and adult artists reading works of poetry and prose reacting to the controversy. The project then branched out into in-school workshops, a Tumblr blog and more.

In 2016, Silence Is Violence returned with Who's Next?, a night of art and theater dedicated to sharing the power of young black voices. Featuring spoken word by the Griot Girls and staged readings of two plays by YPT Young Artist Fellow Dominique ButlerWho's Next? explored the thoughts, fears and hopes of a new generation of black artists.

Silence Is Violence DC
The Silence Is Violence Blog

Silence Is Violence DC is a forum for people of all ages to share their creative, passionate and constructive responses to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Though our focus will be on sharing the voices of DC’s young people, all are welcome to submit poetry, songs, plays, essays, visual art and any other artwork that engages with these critical and challenging issues.

Click here to visit Silence Is Violence DC!

"Right to assemble, yet we are not allowed Rage."

Continue the Conversation

Want to continue the vital conversation around the #BlackLivesMatter movement? Here are some resources to help get you on your way! 


Black Lives Matter website


Ferguson Response Tumblr

Justice 4 Mike Brown Tumblr

4 Mile March/Tamir Rice Candlelight Vigil

Ferguson Youth Initiative