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Marc Bamuthi Joseph/The Living Word Project
LIFE IS LIVING is a series of day-long festivals in
underutilized urban parks that focus on eco-equity, the radically democratic
position that poor communities and communities of color are logistically and
psychologically included in the new, clean and green economy.
The model for LIFE IS LIVING, organized by Marc Bamuthi Joseph/Living Word Project, began at DeFremery Park in West Oakland, CA in October 2008. Replications took place in 2009 and 2010 in Chicago, Houston and New York, and have continued yearly in Oakland since 2008.
The events of each LIFE IS LIVING aim to build community through art and education, planting a seed for further local eco-equity action. Activities include:
- A graffiti battle, with each artist given a 6x8 foot canvas on which to create environmentally themed tags based on the word "LIFE."
- Performances by local spoken word youth groups, dance and theater artists, co-curated by Bamuthi and the local host organizations.
- Invited speakers from community and environmental groups, and information stations manned by local green organizations and activists.
- Demonstrations of green activities, such as building structures with sustainable materials, gardening exhibits, tree planting, and recycling.
- A follow-up convening, with local presenters, community organizations, artists and funders to share information and views on this new model for partnership between members of the arts community and civic activists and organizations, and for embedding artistic creation in this type of civic dialogue and exchange.
Documentation of each LIFE IS LIVING is feeding into the poetry, monologues, video and visual art that have come together on stage in Joseph's performance project, red, black & GREEN: a blues.
- Word Becomes Flesh Press Kit
- rbGB Press Kit
- Word Becomes Flesh Press Reviews
- rdGB Press Reviews 1.2013
- Object Context & Voice by Bridget Cooks
- A Rite to Heal by Shannon Jackson
- Review: rbGb at Atlas Performing Arts Center
- Bamuthi on Word Becomes Flesh and Living Word Project
- Arts Sarasota Herald Tribune Review 1.25.13
- New York Times rbGb Preview
- The Root Interview
- UTNE Reader: Less About Green, More About LIfe
- 2011 Alpert Award in the Arts
- Theaster Gates' website
- LIFE is LIVING website
- Interview: Marc Bamuthi Joseph on Huffington Post
- Marc Bamuthi Joseph on Great Day Houston
- Marc Bamuthi Joseph on KQED First Person
- Houston Chronicle: Artist tackles environmental injustice
- San Francisco Chronicle Review
- Youth Speaks website