In response to the ongoing social upheaval and protests for racial justice, Olney Theatre Center is hosting a virtual social justice arts festival amplifying the voices of BIPOC artists and activists. Called Just Arts: A Celebration of Art & Activism, the festival runs Friday evenings in October. Beginning October 9, Just Arts will delve into a particular pillar of social justice—equity, participation, rights, and access—through performances and conversations with artists and activists.
This four-week series has been curated by four DMV-arts leaders: Chil Kong (Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre MTC), Kevin McAllister (actor and Artistic Director of ArtsCentric, Inc), Nicole A. Watson (Associate Artistic Director at Round House Theatre), and Elena Velasco (Artistic Director of Convergence Theatre).
The Just Arts schedule
October 9, 7:00 pm – Equity
Curated by Nicole A. Watson
Featuring the cast of Round House Theatre’s production of School Girls: Or, the African Mean Girls Play, Billie Krishawn, Renea Brown, Heather Gibson, Ty Velines, Tempest Stokes, Maya Jackson, Yesenia Iglesias, Mervin Primeaux-OBryant, TeeFlo, Regina Aquino, and Mary Kathryn Nagle.
October 16, 7:00 pm – Participation
Curated by Kevin McAllister
Featuring performances from Afro-Blue, Nova Payton, Cristina “Macho” Camacho, Tuyet Pham, Donovan Fowler, Delante Dates, Darrin Scott, Aaron Williams, Jelani Aladdin, Explicit Dance Works, Adelicia Villagary, and the Baltimore City Community Choir. Supporting the work of the nonprofit Know Your Rights Camp.
October 23, 7:00 pm – Rights
Curated by Elena Velasco
Featuring the work of Maria Simpkins, Coyaba Dance, Jennifer White-Johnson, and Convergence Theatre. Supporting the nonprofits Just Neighbors and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND).
October 30, 7:00 pm – Access
Curated by Chil Kong
Just in time for the election the next week, Chil facilitates a conversation on voting.