Since 2008, I’ve been the principal architect of Life is Living
, a series of single day, hip hop centered eco festivals taking place in under resourced parks throughout urban America. Taking place in Chicago, New York, Houston, Minneapolis, and Oakland, Life is Living
grew out of local collaborative efforts to humanize the vocabulary and diversify the iconography of environmental consciousness. The festivals have ultimately connected more than 300 partner organizations on a model we called the creative ecosystem, inviting nearly 15,000 black and brown folks across the country de-exoticize environmental practice… ’to think about “green” action through a newer, more approximate urban lens.’
In 2011, I premiered a show called red black and GREEN: a blues
which is a performed documentary of the process of making Life is Living
happen across African America. Each moment is a hyper dream or cold truth of this process. The performance and gallery experience of the piece is a reflection of mothers too wrapped in grieving to march, activists too steeped in self-righteousness to progress, children too focused on wonder to avoid celebrating.