Join us for a night of live music and community highlighting the best in Pittsburgh Youth HipHop featuring participants in the AWC Youth Residency Track and more artists from The Krunk Movement, Arts Greenhouse, 1Hood. Performance and interviews from the event will stream live at youthexpress.org #CatchTheFuture
In a future where a socialist government gains power, a group of women decides to organize and rebel. Set ten years after the most peaceful revolution in United States history, a revolution in which a socialist government gains power, this films presents a dystopia in which many progressive groups - minorities, liberals, gay rights organizations, feminists - continue to experience problems with jobs, gender, governmental preference and violence. Curated by Afronaut(a) in collaboration with Iyapo Repository.
A revolutionary story of guitars, motorcycles, cell phones – and the music of a new generation. This West African re-imagining of Prince's Purple Rain is set in the Saharan city of Agadez in Niger. Riffing on Purple Rain’s universal heartbeat, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Akounak for short) is a visually sumptuous and musically thrilling movie that works splendidly with or without the Purple Rain mythos. Curated by Afronaut(a) in collaboration with Iyapo Repository.
Panelists & Discussion with attendees - Michael David Battle: Garden of Peace Project, Sanctuary Pittsburgh; Alona WIlliams of Black Femme Excellence; Suhail Gharaibeh-Gonzalez; Joy KMT: Black Quantum Futurism Pittsburgh, Sanctuary Pittsburgh; Naheen Cavalleri: True T Entertainment; Ejay Lohan
Join the #OHB cast for a light brunch, discussion, and media screening of the content surrounding “If I Die I’m A Legend, A Tale of Orisha, Hoodo, and #blacklivesmatter", giving the full cast an expanded opportunity to share the process and practice within this multi-disciplinary ensemble piece.
Open the space and set personal and collective intentions for the day with Michael David Battle - a radical resistance artist, thinker, father, & lover committed to manifesting spaces of healing and making art that centers self-reflection & celebrates Self.
Today's drop in hours are inspired by the natural world in which we live. On the hour, The Institute for Plant Motivation will lead people through a short five step session on forming intimate consensual relationships with plants. Participants leave with a certificate and clay wearable or seedball. Continue adding to the Archivist's Field Notes, and rapid prototype your artifacts using basic electronic components like LEDs, buzzers, and motors with help from BoXZY and TechShop instructors Jayla & Naomi.
On Saturday night, join Sanctuary + True T Entertainment at the August Wilson Center for the final Roots Pride Pittsburgh. "We are so excited to see that over the past three years, folks have continued the work we have collectively manifested to radically shift the way we build a PRIDE community."
With special guests: JUNGLEPUSSY (NYC), DJ DELISH (Philly), JOY KMT (Black Quantum Futurism Pittsburgh, Sanctuary), NO SHADE, JAFAR/MARIO JOSEPHINE @jinnfag, KAI HUNTER, EJAY LOHAN
Mayoral candidates Ingrid LaFleur (Detroit), Marita Garrett (Wilkinsburg), 1Hood CEO Celeste Smith, and filmmaker Alisha B. Wormsley lead an afrofuturist discussion on the roles an artist/educator, a curator turned politician, and a politician have in the building of our future cities.
Film/video clips spanning dystopic blockbusters to viral YouTube videos cover themes spanning city aesthetics, access to education, transportation, and the water crisis. Co-curated by Afronaut(a) and Iyapo Repository.
How can movement ignite invention? How do landscapes contextualize objects? In this workshop, PearlArts dancers Ronnell Kitt, LaTrea Rambert, and Chandra Blount respond to prompts generated by you to build digital landscapes. Together we will design future worlds and objects through movement, music, and virtual reality. We will then analyze these VR drawings to see what information can be extracted to give form to artifacts. Walk-in, first-come-first-serve.
During drop in hours, continue contributing to Iyapo's Archivist's Field Notes, and rapid prototype your future vision using basic electronic components like LEDs, buzzers, and motors with help from Assemble, TechShop, BoXZY.
Explore digital fabrication techniques to make your own medallions. After creating future artifacts, teen archivists will use Adobe Illustrator and BoXZY laser cutters to commemorate their future objects as emblems on wood and plastic medals. Once your medallion has been cut, explore how electricity works by connecting a LED and button battery to the back of your pendant to make it glow. Techshop instructors - Jayla, Ashanti.
Performance: If I Die, I'm a Legend: A Tale of Orisha, Hoodoo and #BlackLivesMatter with Boom Concepts
Audience-activated rituals at 12:30PM with Anqwenique Wingfield, 2:30PM with Shad Ali, 6:30PM with Bekezela Mguni, guide: Julie Mallis. #OHB is a character investigation of the street deities featured in BOOM Concepts’ physical theater piece “If I Die I’m A Legend, A Tale of Orisha, Hoodoo, and #blacklivesmatter". This two day character investigation will provide the cast with a laboratory environment to explore how theme and icons of Orisha, Hoodoo, and #blacklivesmatter are presented explicitly in each character.
Open the space with artist and poet JOY KMT of Sanctuary / Roots Pride. Joy KMT is a poet, healer, ritual artist and cultural commentator. She is a MacDowell Fellow and a 2016 Callaloo Fellow, as well as a soon to be 2017 VONA fellow. Her work is deeply influenced by afropessimism, afrofuturism, conjure, the woods of Allegheny County and the economy of mothering.