STORIES WE WANT TO TELL
In addition to the AIR program, during the 2020 season, NuLawLab Creative Director Jules Rochielle Sievert will collaborate with local artist and curator Glorettta Baynes to organize and curate Stories We Want to Tell, a Stable Ground storytelling project about displacement, resistance, and hope. Baynes, a Cambridge native and alumna of Massachusetts College of Art and is an independent curator and cultural consultant and the former assistant director and registrar for the museum of the National Center of Afro American artists. She is the former chair for the Registrars Committee of the Association of African American Museums. She is an exhibition designer for Community Creations, an annual exhibition hosted by the Gardner Museum.
OUR ANTI-DISPLACEMENT LAB
As a result of our engagement with local artists, we have also created a formal program with artist Anthony Romero. Our Stable Ground: Anti-Displacement Lab is currently at the Institute for Contemporary Arts in Boston. This effort is one part of the lab’s long-term engagement with Boston-based artist, organizer, and educator Anthony Romero and Northeastern University’s Archives and Special Collections. Romero’s work, …first in thought, then in action, to which the NuLawLab and Northeastern Law students contributed, is part of the ICA’s current exhibition When Home Won’t Let you Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art.
With Anthony, a series of community engagement events were developed in collaboration with the NuLawLab, an interdisciplinary innovation laboratory working to imagine, design, test, and implement pioneering approaches to legal empowerment and in dialogue with East Boston residents. We held a small number of community listening events and meals. At these events, residents will have the opportunity to share their experiences and to request a legal empowerment workshop. For example, residents struggling with housing issues may share their experiences at a listening event and request a know-your-rights and legal information workshop related to housing rights and law.