Cultural Survival in a Time of Crisis
This year exceeded our past expectations. More than 150 people attended the 2-day program of panels at the Harwood Art Center, and the poetry opening at the Outpost, “To Have or Have Not,” was hailed “the best ever” by many in the audience. We extended our discussion of trauma and cultural survival by focusing on expression in writing and the arts, independent media, and social and environmental justice. Conference members recognized that indeed this is a time of crisis—environmental, political, economic, and cultural. As performers, organizers, and active consumers of culture we need to move beyond the paradigms of social change. One practical means of doing this is establishing archives of our discussion and producing a record of our communications in the future—taking our insights out of the conference room into the world.
Photos by Margaret Randall.