Envisioning Inclusive, Soulful Spaces for Artists: Can the terms of the art world really change from competitive creative genius to notions of collective power and proximity?

Hyperallergic | Debra Brehmer

Toshi Reagon (photo by Zak Krevitt)

Toshi Reagon (photo by Zak Krevitt)

The Studio Museum in Harlem & The Park Avenue Armory | Interrogations of Form: Culture in a Changing America

This concert, concluding a long day of panel discussions, reinforced a theme:  the need for artists to physically congregate, to make new — and safe — spaces and to enliven these spaces with soul, connection, energy, and spirit. Seldom are these amorphous concerns noted on project proposals, curatorial agendas, or marketing strategies. When one is asked about “intended outcome” on a grant proposal, for example, does anyone answer “spiritual communion, brotherhood, positive energy exchange”?

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