Artists and Activists
Broadway Advocacy Coalition
New York, NY 10025
Broadway Advocacy Coalition and Columbia Law School continue their multi-year partnership in offering a full semester course entitled The Theater of Change: Reimagining Justice through Abolition.
Applications are open to participants from any discipline interested in learning how to use their own skills and expertise in tandem with artistry for social change. The course will run on various Thursday evenings and weekends from January 21st – April 8th, 2021. Participants will be compensated for participation in the course.
ABOUT THE COURSE:
The course will focus on blending artistry, law, policy, and community engagement to produce narratives with powerful impact in policy spaces where change can happen. Amidst resounding calls to abolish the current state of the country’s criminal legal system, notably prisons and the police, the arts provides a critical space to imagine alternatives and promote those envisionings as achievable realities.The semester will focus on issues of abolition, reimagining justice, and strengthening communities, and will be informed by the expertise of the community leaders present who all have extensive experience both fighting and feeling the effects of these systems. Artists will join forces with law students and community advocates to create performance pieces that envision a path to abolition and strategize how and where these performances can occur to achieve sustainable impact. The course will also build artistic capacity to merge high quality, high impact, rigorous artistry with community narratives, policy analysis, and effective policy advocacy. The goals of this course are not only to facilitate an exchange of ideas across disciplines, but to form lasting partnerships that can continue to generate game-changing work into the future.
The course will be administered online and must be attended in real time. Applications will be processed starting December 6th. Participants will be selected and informed by late December 2020. If you have questions about the course, please email [email protected].
For more information about Broadway Advocacy Coalition, visit bwayadvocacycoalition.org
January 21, 2021 – April 8, 2021
HOW TO APPLY