The Forbidden ButterFlies Project is a multi-disciplinary project that focuses on the importance of deconstructing identity and navigating the intersections of life. This project was initially created during the artist's senior year at Earlham College as a way to focus on deconstructing masculinity, race and politics through movement-based therapy. This project was the catalyst for the artist's senior thesis/ethnography "Deconstructing Masculinity Through Time and Space: The Hidden Power Of Dance".
This particular performance from the Forbidden ButterFlies Project will be a series of spoken word poems focused on the importance of standing in your truth, reclaiming your time and being unapologetic with your purpose. Each poem will highlight personal stories and experiences that each spoken word artist has endured and will highlight the resiliency that is learned and re-learned. This spoken word performance will unpack and uncover the powerful catharsis that begins to happen when you gradually start to live radically with a radical self-love.
According to the artist, this performance ultimately reflects Audre Lorde's famous words:
"There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives. Malcolm knew this. Martin Luther King, Jr. knew this. Our struggles are particular, but we are not alone."
Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments are committed to supporting a vibrant cultural life in the region that reflects diverse cultural offerings that appeal to the widest array of the region’s citizens. This nationally recognized grant opportunity is designed to help build careers and support the lives of artists; bolster community awareness of the rich history and current presence of excellent black arts presentation and production; increase professional network opportunities between artists and the Festival; alleviate prohibitive social and economic barriers for artists who otherwise meet Festival requirements; and produce quality art projects to enhance the Festival experience for all. This year, several artists were awarded Festival Support Grants and will appear throughout the Festival—in the Artist Market, on stages, and with art installations and exhibitions.