at Outpost Performance Space

For DECADE, an exhibition and series of events celebrating 516 ARTS' 10th Anniversary, 516 ARTS and Outpost Performance Space presented SHOUT-OUT Redux: We The People, an evening of spoken word performances that revisited our SHOT-OUT Festival organized by Idris Goodwin for STREET ARTS: A Celebrating of Hip Hop Culture & Free Expression (2010).  This time we teamed up with Beyond Poetry LLC to welcome back Goodwin, Hip Hop poet and playwright from Colorado, who performed a new piece created in response to Chaz Bojórquez's painting We The People on view at 516 ARTS to continue the collaboration the did when Bojórquez painted a mural in response to Goodwin's work.

SHOUT-OUT Redux: We The People explored the role of artistic expression in the new political climate.  The day after the 2016 presidential election, Goodwin said, "In this political context, what do justice and liberty look like?  How are we going to take care of each other?"  His new piece created for this event explores "a futuristic alternate universe and the levels of consciousness that are different from the majority of this country."

Known as the godfather of Los Angeles graffiti, the world renowned Bojórquez felt that "We The People was a perfect piece to show now on the current political environment.  He says, "I painted this after I came back from exhibiting in Washington at the Smithsonian.  The globe represents the world, and as humanity we are a majority 'people of color'.  In the background are the words and typeface We The People from the Constitution that states 'In order to form a more perfect union...'.  Even though we as a country are always trying to become a better society, a 'perfect union' is very hard to achieve; that's why it's on fire and non tangible."

IdrisIDRIS GOODWIN is an award winning break beat poet, playwright, essayist, and educator.  His albums include Break Beat Poems and Rhyming While Black.  He is the author of the Pushcart nominated essay collection These Are The Breaks, and he has been featured on HBO, Sesame Street, BBC Radio and Discovery Channel.

Michelle OteroHe was joined by Albuquerque poet MICHELLE OTERO, who, through spoken word and song, revisited El Otro Lado: The Other Side - Albuquerque, an art and storytelling project presented by 516 ARTS and the Academy for the Love of Learning in 2009-2010 for which Otero and visual artist Chrissie Orr worked with more than 70 Albuquerque residents in interdisciplinary, multigenerational creative workshops. Otero is a writer, actor, teacher and facilitator, who utilizes creative expression and storytelling as the basis for organizational development and positive social change.

HakimBellamyHAKIM BELLAMY shared an excerpt from Black Mantra, a work-in-progress, one man, multimedia performance that is part monologue, part performance poem, and part interview with a younger version of himself. It is both a reflective and interpretive piece that creates a visual and sonic dialogue between current events and the lives of a few young Black men. Bellamy is Hip Hop generation dad, person-in-progress, poetryin- practice, journo, author, community organizer, bright ideas magnet, music addict and Inaugural Albuquerque Poet Laureate.

Dahlak2The evening culminated with special guest DAHLAK from Los Angeles, as part of his NPN residency with the Outpost Performance Space. He is one of the fellows from the international residency program OneBeat (sponsored by the U.S. State Dept.), for which 516 ARTS presented a concert and exhibition at the Albuquerque Rail Yards in 2014. Dahlak performed an excerpt from his one-man play titled spirituals about “what happens when too many Saturday nights are blended seamlessly into Sunday morning. It’s for that time of the night when sobriety sets back in but the promise of salvation is still so far…’a dark gospel blue’.” Dahlak is a Hip Hop artist, musician, actor, poet and educator who has performed on the Tavis Smiley Radio show and the past two seasons of Russell Simmons’ present Def Poetry Jam.

Outpost Performance Space
210 Yale Blvd. SE

This event was made possible by Beyond Poetry, LLC and the National Performance Network (NPN). Special thanks to the Outpost Performance Space, which is an NPN partner. Dahlak’s residency was supported by the NPN Performance Residency Program. Major contributors to NPN include Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), MetLife Foundation and Nathan Cummings Foundation.

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