Together we wanted to find out what artists thought were the most pressing issues in this moment and developed an open call for workshops, panels, and performances under the rubric of Research/Advocacy/Criticism/Exhibition [RACE/CARE] to be enacted over the three day retreat. 

We identified these four focus areas as ones that could lend structure to the concerns of the community without overdetermining what the community itself thought was important.  The open proposals were an opportunity for individuals to share their own thoughts on where cultural production stands. What were the issues that we face? What are the themes, concepts, and ideas that underscore critical thought and artist’s production? 

With the assistance of fifteen proposal readers—who were also charged with developing a structure for weekend that was supportive of the selected proposals—a total of ten proposals in various formats were realized.

All photos Andre D. Wagner

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