July 14, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.   Free Admission / RSVP requested


The 8th Floor
17 W 17th Street
New York, NY 10011 the8thfloor.org

Presented by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation

Curated by Brian Tate

WE ARE THE PEOPLE WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR: A Festival of Visionary Ideas, Activism & Arts

Presented by ArtPlace America + Creative Capital + Fractured Atlas + United States Artists + Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute + The Tate Group

Maha Chehlaoui Founder/Advisory Board Member, Noor Theatre

Ken Chen
Executive Director, The Asian American Writers Workshop

Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario, Founder/Executive Director, Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE)

Lauren Ruffin
Vice President, External Relations, Fractured Atlas

Kemi Ilesanmi
Executive Director, The Laundromat Project

Queen GodIs





Given the pivotal role that cultural narratives play in deciding public policy and the fates of countless communities; the reversal of political momentum on immigration, mass incarceration, and criminal justice reform and other issues; and the continuing threats to public arts funding, what will be different for organizations that work at the intersection of arts and social justice? Join us for a conversation with four brilliant thinkers.

WE ARE THE PEOPLE WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR is a three-day festival of public forums and performances that will gather an array of top artists, activists, and thinkers to explore what America’s new political climate means for arts and culture. On July 13, 14 and 15, 2017, at three leading New York City Cultural institutions, we will explore what a changing America means for arts funders, social justice arts organizations, and artist-activists in our communities.