SLATE-Z and Partners Contemplate the Soul of our Work

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On August 23rd, 2019, SLATE-Z welcomed its newest implementation partners with a trip to the Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power Exhibit at The Broad museum in downtown Los Angeles. We were reminded of the immensity of the history and struggle for civil rights. The exhibit’s art pieces were not only interesting insights into parts of American history, but also poignant reminders that the work to achieve social justice continues today. 

The trip was inspiring, reflective, and informed the group about many important aspects of our nation’s past.

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The Soul of a Nation exhibit was unique in that it amplified voices that have been historically underrepresented. The experience allowed us to take a nuanced view on forms of activism and expression. Not only could we begin to understand the legacy of the civil rights movement, but we could also see the spirit of it. 

It was interesting to ponder how art can inform our work, help us to think outside the box, and inspire us to make change as we continue to do work in South Los Angeles. Furthermore, the exhibit reminded us of the value in creative pursuits.

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The SLATE-Z team was joined by representatives from: A Place Called Home, People for Parks, LIFT Communities, LA United Methodist Urban Foundation, LA Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Worksite Wellness LA, Life After Uncivil Ruthless Acts, The Grantsmanship Center, Holman CDC, and LA Trade Technical College. 

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We were brilliantly hosted by The Broad’s associates who provided an in-depth look at the context for each art piece, explaining the different ways in which the artists incorporated social commentary into their works. Thank you to the Broad for sharing this experience with us. 

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Photos courtesy of Josie Clerfond and Alexia Armstrong Cortés 

Find out how you can visit The Broad here