Urban Bush Women is engaging in a dynamic and groundbreaking partnership with Projecting All Voices, an initiative launched by Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and supported by ASU Gammage.
Both UBW and Projecting All Voices are interested in discovering ways in which institutions can move beyond diversity initiatives and become organizations that lead in examining structural racism and its impact on our curriculums, programing, organizing and art-making practices.
This July, UBW brings its Summer Leadership Institute program “You, Me, We: Understanding internalized racial oppression and how it manifests in our artistic community” to Arizona State University, giving UBW the opportunity to strengthen their core values out west and allowing Projecting All Voices to contribute to the changing landscape of Arizona.
This year, the Summer Leadership Institute will include three free events that are open to the public:
• 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 21 at the Nelson Fine Arts Center — The opening performance, "Urban Bush Women and Voices from the Bush" with special guests including Yvonne Montoya, Anne Pesata, Rulan Tangen and Salt River Pima - Maricopa Indian community.
• 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 24 at Building Administration C-Wing Room 116 — A free public screening of the documentary "Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America." The feature length documentary follows the journey of activist Moises Serrano and is directed by Tiffany Rhynard. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director and community panelists. The Building Administration C-Wing is located at 400 E Lemon Street, Tempe, AZ 85281.
• 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 28 at the Nelson Fine Arts Center – Two culminating public performances that include all participants and use music, dance, theater, visual design and spoken word to address this year’s theme "You, Me, We: Understanding Internalized Racial Oppression and How it Manifests in Our Artistic Community." All ages are welcome, but due to the sensitive and mature nature of the content, please be advised to bring children at your own discretion.