Performing artists are facing particularly high unemployment in this COVID-wracked year of 2020. Alison Qu, Jude Torres and Alexa Albanese are Boston local artists who live under this pandemic. These interviews were conducted between September to November. Here is a video for their stories during this unprecedented time.
Though hundreds in the Boston area signed the June 2020 Open Letter from Boston Arts and Cultural Workers in Demand of Racial Equity and Social Transformation that began this inquiry, listing their professional affiliations along with their names on the petition, many have been reluctant to talk about what they or their institutions have done or plan to do since making these commitments.
Being “paid with exposure” does not work. “You can die of exposure.”
(1st week in the elementary art room)
Addressing the lack of representation of young Black and Brown artists
With Humphreys Street Studios property on the market, artists may lose their community.
Ask artists how we would like our work funded
We satisfy “diversity requirements” by ignoring diversity
"Taking Action is Thinking, in an Academic Context"
This is our opportunity to start from the ground up