“If you were to sing a praise song for the people who have helped you who would those people be and why?’
“If you had to sing a song of struggle, what would that be?”
Slow Cook This will gather an intergenerational group of artists of color to share their struggles and their praises in a long form conversation about working in a system that has historically marginalized non-white voices.
La MaMa Moves! borrows from poet Elizabeth Alexander’s “Praise song for struggle, praise song for the day. Praise song for every hand-lettered sign, the figuring-it-out at kitchen tables” and opts for a long form conversation among several artists from the 2017 Festival. Drawing upon the lineage of Lois Weaver’s “Long Table” and “Porch Sitting” discussion practices and Emily Johnson’s Durational Sewing Bees, “Slow Cook This” will gather an intergenerational collection of artists to share their struggles and their praises.
Participating artists include:
Yoshiko Chuma, Rina Espiritu, Camilla Davis, Kirsten Flores Davis, Fana Fraser, Jasmine Hearn, Jessica Pretty, Malini Srinivasan
3:00pm – 3:10pm
Introductions to “long table” & “porch sitting” conversation formats.
Maura Donohue begins the panel with moderators Nicky Paraiso & Alexis Convento
3:10pm – 4:20pm
1st Praise & Struggle Group with Yoshiko Chuma, Fana Fraser, Camilla Davis & Jasmine Hearn
Brief transition to recap panel format for newcomers
Ali Rosa-Salas begins moderating the panel
4:30pm – 5:40pm
2nd Praise & Struggle Group 2 with Jessica Pretty, Rina Espiritu, Kirsten Flores-Davis & Malini Srinivasan
5:40pm – 6:20pm
The Long Table format begins, everyone can join the table and share experiences