A Convening of Artists


Restoration Village Arts will be playing a central role in facilitating conversations and gatherings around justice and art at the Summit for Change, put on by Sojourners, June 22-24. This year’s conference will focus the many intersections of racial identity and other social identifiers and experiences. See the schedule here.

carnivalderesistance_nightRVA will host a salon entitled The Artist’s Path to Resistance on Thursday afternoon:
“How do our theories of change influence our creative work? How might resistance theology frame our understanding of vocation or calling as artists? How might being deeply engaged in advocacy and activism feed our faith and creative process and vice versa? What are the risks for artists in publicly speaking out and aligning themselves with justice movements? Participants will be invited to share examples, concerns, and challenges in addressing these questions and will imagine together the artist path of resistance in dismantling racism and injustice.” We will be joined by dear friends Jay Beck and Tevyn East of the Carnival de Resistance who will lead the salon.

nightly-showLater that evening, RVA will host a Music and Arts Convening where experienced musicians and visual artists will come together for an issue-based discussion toward common action around arts and justice. We are thrilled that activist and musician Bree Newsome— who famously scaled the flagpole in front of the South Carolina State Legislature earlier this year to remove the Confederate flag– will be joining in this conversation and collaboration.

Plenary sessions will be live-streamed here. Follow us on Twitter for updates throughout the summit.