Residency Update: Anna Meyer

Invisible:imprints of Racism (see below) was created to give a sense of community in ways that cross racial bounds, and in the talkbacks afterward to ensure people are  seen and heard. The piece also has application in housing, where issues of racial discrimination have existed for a long time.  We have been performing Invisible  to create a platform for discussion and conversation in this divided city, and others.  For the Stable Ground residency  we would like to perform the piece outdoors or in a community-based building, accompanied by a barbecue that would be put on by a youth catering program based at the Franklin Field Development. The performance would begin/introduced by Tu Phan, a Vietnamese poet from Dorchester to address the issues of housing in Boston.

 Invisible: Imprints of Racism Description — an hour-long piece that explores the embedded psychosocial and racial challenges that permeate life in America. This deeply thoughtful and multidimensional production features nine dancers who mesh various styles of movement to create a kinesthetic language influenced Hip Hop and modern dance. Merged with this professional  group of dancers is a trio of Boston’s top poets whose stories weave simultaneously alongside the movement. The work is followed by a facilitated discussion with the audience to give voice to the issues at hand.
Anna Myer

Residency Update:Ngoc-Tran Vu

For the past several months, I have been working closely with Dorchester Not For Sale (DN4S) to cultivate a resident-led coalition to advocate for an inclusive planning process in Glover’s Corner that is anti-displacement and prioritizes working class people of color. To date, we have successfully organized two retreats, a public action, several community dinners, various strategy meetings and continuously engaged local Dorchester residents to build power and agency. It has been an unbelievable experience learning and working in solidarity with my neighbors, local groups, and community members of different ages, languages, and racial backgrounds with the same goal of “building a multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-lingual, multi-generational REAL community process that centers Dorchester residents most at risk of displacement in decision making.” As we move forward in our efforts to build a stronger and united Dorchester, we try to model our process rooted in social justice so that it nurtures and cultivates the inclusive and accessible community that we all want to thrive in.