When we spend so much of our time in virtual spaces, what does it mean to claim a specific, physical space? What does it mean for a region to have a global reach? We are thinking local, not out of fear or pride, but out of the urge for specificity.
For some the tipping point was centuries ago, for others it is now. We can as easily feel stunned as energized by challenges that seem unprecedented and bewildering. How can we realize our full participation in shared political life? What is the role of media in this new reality?
Art often leads by moving the margins to the center—by focusing on areas of life, communities, forms of expression that have been neglected by the mainstream.
We believe in the power of art to see beyond the obvious, to give form to ideas that do not yet have words, to connect and question.
The relevance of a celebrity artist or politician is often measured in “followers,” on Twitter, on Facebook, on YouTube. We are asking you, our community, not to follow us or lead but to join us – send us your ideas (fully formed or otherwise), your theses, your questions, and your strategies to share.
Our small human view of time can deceive; we all came from elsewhere - by force of will, or force of whip. We arrived here using different paths, dragging different loads but here we are, in this moment, together.
The story of the mountains is the story of rising up, pushing to improbable heights. For too long the story of humankind has been told as the story of sinking low: of waging wars, forcing ownership, enslaving, and depleting. But we are not bound to this lowness; to shallow, simple retelling. We are free to join our stony ancestors and rise up.