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About the Grant

$30,000 to support red, black, and GREEN: a blues (MAP 2009), a mix of hip hop and contemporary theater, created by Marc Bamuthi Joseph in collaboration with visual artist Theaster Gates and filmmaker Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi. The work intends to jump-start a conversation about environmental racism, social ecology and collective responsibility in the climate change era.

About the Project

Landing at the intersection of green economics and black psychology, red, black and GREEN: a blues fuses hip hop poetry, documentary film, movement, and music to jump-start a conversation about environmental racism, social ecology and collective responsibility in the climate change era. Mounted as a full-length multimedia theater work and a walk-through visual art exhibit, rbGb emphasizes that “green living” is not possible without the knowledge that valuing your own life, and the life of your community, is the first step to valuing planet Earth. Performance and visual material for rbGb will come from stories, poems, paintings, sculpture and films generated by “LIFE is Living”—a nationwide series of eco-equity gatherings that fuse art and discourse in model partnerships between underserved communities, green action agencies, and contemporary artists. Artistic director Marc Bamuthi Joseph will write the script, perform, and oversee the project's artistic development. His lead collaborators include multidisciplinary artist Theaster Gates, who will perform and create clay pieces as part of the stage environment; and filmmaker Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, whose documentary video will be a primary visual element in the work. Additional collaborators are director Michael John Garcés, set/lighting designer James Clotfelter, jazz musician Marcus Shelby, and tap dancer Dormeshia Sumbry.

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