As an alternative for our Spring Davis Cherry Blossom Festival, this live event will focus on artists and activists promoting social justice and a more equitable world with their work. It will feature musical performances from an exciting lineup of artists and thoughtful discussion from panelists and speakers.
The event focuses on the role of artists and organizers in connecting communities and enacting solidarity, and features artists and speakers of Black, Indigenous, Asian American, Polynesian, Latinx, and Mixed Race identities, and broadly reclaims "people of color" as a solidarity-building term. The event affirms Black Lives Matter.
Panels and speakers include: -"Art and Activism in North American Taiko" with Michelle Fujii, PJ Hirabayashi, Roy Hirabayashi, and Tiffany Tamaribuchi. -"Never Again, Again: Memories of Japanese American Redress for Decarceration and Reparations" with Susan Hayase, Dr. Lisa Ikemoto, Dr. Satsuki Ina, and Janice Luszczak. -Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks will give a talk as our keynote speaker entitled "The Stories We Tell Ourselves: The Model Minority Myth and Anti-Blackness."
Performances by: AkaMya (Sage Andrew Romero), Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan (featuring collegiate taiko players), Busy Lighthouse, Davon, Fo Fera, Güero, Hear in Color, iraya, katgrüvs, The Midnight Dip, Natasha Greer, Sacramento Taiko Dan, SunBabi, Trace Repeat, TheH!veM!nd, Yuppie Liberation Front
Registration for the Zoom Webinar will give you access to Q&A and chat features. The event will also be streamed to YouTube, and a Discord Watch Party will be hosted simultaneously as a companion event if you want to discuss over chat or voice room.
This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the City of Davis Arts and Cultural Affairs Program. It is also sponsored, in part, by the Manetti Shrem Museum's interACT program. Additional funding provided by UC Davis Global Affairs and the Davis Food Co-op.