ACTnow: Black Grace
Neil Ieremia, Black Grace
William Ming Liu, College of Education
In partnership with Multicultural Involvement in Community Advocacy (MICA), College of Education, Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Neil Ieremia, founding artistic director of New Zealand-based dance company Black Grace, and William Ming Liu, chair of UMD’s College of Education and editor of Psychology of Men and Masculinities have a conversation about the toxic masculinity represented in Ieremia's work, "Crying Men.” This interactive Arts Citizenship Talk will provide a forum for questions and discussion about masculinity in Asian-American and Pacific Islander cultures, and will introduce participants to the creative process and inquiry that informs the work of Black Grace.
“Cultures nourish pride, resilience, belonging, intersectional identities and connection to community. But, culture is used to justify gender violence and inequality by evoking traditional beliefs and practices about how women and girls should be treated. If culture defines the spaces within which power is expressed and gender roles are enshrined, then our movement is here to push back."
—Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
From toxic masculinity to cultural appropriation to multiculturalism, The Clarice’s 2019-20 visiting artists are complex, provocative and deeply sensitive. Arts Citizenship Talks (ACTnow) are opportunities for audiences to hear from these artists on activism around the issues reflected in their work. They are an invitation to act now!