We the People @ Montalvo Arts Center, San Jose [20 July]

We the People

19:00 - 22:00

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Montalvo Arts Center
15400 Montalvo Rd, Saratoga, California 95070
We the People is an invitation for the Bay Area community to join poets, musicians, and visual and sound artists from across the globe as we collectively consider: How can we expand our understanding of “we” and imagine new, more inclusive ways of being together?

This communal gathering on Montalvo’s grounds will feature poetry, performance, soundworks, installation art, and participatory engagement activities.

To poetry, music, and performance by such artists as: award-winning poet Willie Perdomo; acclaimed poet, musician and songwriter Julian Talamantez Brolaski; innovative, cross-disciplinary saxophonist and composer Neil Leonard; lauded afro-Cuban percussionist Sandy Perez; powerhouse vocalist, songwriter, and activist Jennifer Johns; and acclaimed composer and musician Hans Tammen Projects.

Three newly commissioned works for Montalvo’s grounds by Lucas Artists Fellows Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Marilá Dardot, and Howard Hersh; all of which prompt timely conversations around processes of othering and the politics of belonging and home.

A new performance and installation work in which Jennifer Johns expresses the deep wounds and divisions caused by the policing of black bodies in public space and racial inequality in the United States criminal justice system, and dares us to use love as a radical political tool to open up a space for healing, empathy and imagination.

Join Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis as they share their work on «Activist Songbook,» a collection of 53 original protest songs for voice and percussion, culled from conversations with activists, agitators and other leaders in Philadelphia’s Asian and Asian American communities, and invite you the join them in a communal performance.

Contribute your stories and voice to a new evolving sculpture created by teens during a weeklong camp led by artist Ashley David. David will shares stories and poems created by participants; visitors can make their voices heard at an open mike.

Help us to crowd source a new global constitution for a shared humanity that will be performed at the end of the evening. And create flags to represent a new shared community of WE!

In the lead-up to July 20, we are asking you to consider: Who is We to you? Make a short selfie video in response to the following questions:

— What does the concept of “We” mean to you?
— Who is included (or should be included) in “We?” Who isn’t?
Upload it to social media and tag it with #WhoIsWe #Wethepeople @montalvoarts.

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