How awkward it will be when the Muslim refugee president throws the queer vice president off the top of a tall building. More from the authoritarian Leftist fantasy world that prevails on most American campuses today:
Just three weeks away from the end of one of the most contentious presidential campaigns in U.S. history, artists, activists and educators converged in Washington, D.C., to talk, listen and share ideas about how art can influence social justice. The gathering was the three-day conference Creative Time Summit: Occupy the Future.
The summit, which ended Sunday evening, featured more than 50 speakers addressing themes of democracy, social change and art. Speakers included Alicia Garza, organizer, writer and co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter; Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director of Serpentine Galleries; and Ian MacKaye, co-founder of Dischord Records and musician with bands including Fugazi and the Evens.
The final day of the summit was held at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University and featured breakout sessions that covered topics such as mural making, unionization in art schools, gender equality in the arts and building alliances in the undocumented youth movement. Carmen Montoya, assistant professor of sculpture, led a session called “Rethinking Democratic Decision-Making.”
Corcoran School Director Sanjit Sethi co-hosted Art School/Field School: Democratizing Arts Education through Locational and Community Practices with Richard Saxton, director of M12 Studio and associate professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
The roundtable discussion was designed to be a true conversation. “We want to extract knowledge and recognize the expertise in the room,” Mr. Sethi said.
There is no doubt that it was a “true conversation” in which only one perspective was allowed to be heard.
The summit’s closing event was the collective reading of the co-authored text “I want a president…“ in front of the White House on Sunday evening.
The original “I want a president…” text by artist and activist Zoe Leonard was created in 1992, listing demands for a new U.S. president. The new text was developed collectively through a series of community writing workshops that were co-organized by curators Natalie Campbell and Saisha Grayson and held at the Corcoran School, MLK Library, Bread for the City and other organizations in D.C. and New York City. Earlier this month, participants came to the Corcoran School for the final editing of the document that was to be performed.
Dozens of summit attendees came together to read both the 1992 and 2016 texts in unison, repeatedly for an hour. As tourists and passersby stopped to listen, they were encouraged to join the performance. The atmosphere was jovial as people joined their voices together and the reading created an inclusive space for an engaging conversation about our country’s future.
Here is one excerpt from the 2016 “I want a president…” text:
I want a Native American for president. I want a Muslim refugee for president, and I want a queer for vice president, and I want someone who walked hundreds of miles across a desert and swam across a river to be here….