"I think we've lost the ability to just be human with each other...and we've lost a way of even talking about what's going on in our country that needs fixing as a collective body. And so that's part of the reason why I think this kind of work is still important." — Leigh Fondakowski
The day has arrived. He who shall not be named is placing his hand upon Lincoln’s Bible, and we’re all collectively holding our breath to see if he’ll really slash and burn the National Endowment for the Arts. So today we dedicate the weekly roundup to theaters across the nation offering their space as safe spaces with The Ghostlight Project and museums showing solidarity around #J20.
For our part, the Civilians are offering the 1.20.17 Project. We invite you to become a citizen journalist—for just ten minutes—and help offer a platform to diverse communities around the world at precisely the moment that Donald Trump is inaugurated President. The 1.20.17 Project is a crowd-sourced film to help tell the story of the response to the election of Donald Trump by those who stand opposed to his politics and his policies. Read about the project here.
The Ghostlight Project happened last night, but it’s not just about one day. It was a launch to “create a ‘light’ for the dark times ahead, and to make, or renew, a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation. You can peep photos from last night’s gatherings across the nation on the hashtags #GhostlightProject #BeALight and #AllAreWelcome.
Find out more about The Ghostlight Project and sign up for their email list at theghostlightproject.com.
On Inauguration Day many museums are offering free or reduced rates and special programming to help sooth your soul. The Whitney Museum is allowing writers, artists, and activists a space to express their rage and hope. Admission is pay-what-you-wish all day January 20. To really get spiritual, head over to the Rubin Museum. Wrathful deities from the museum’s Himalayan let visitors delve into themes of dread and vigilance. The Museum of Art and Design is also offering free entry for the day, while the Queens Museum will be closed to protest the change of power.