Blackout Arts Collective & Okayplayer


On the topic of Media Justice I wanted to post about an arts organization I was involved with in New York City, Blackout Arts Collective. Blackout also has a Boston chapter that could be a potential partner with ACME Boston.

"Blackout Arts Collective (BAC) is a grassroots coalition of artists, activists and educators working to empower communities of color through the arts. We use the tools of culture and education to raise awareness and catalyze action around the critical issues that impact our communities. We believe in the power of the creative process to transform lives, mobilize communities, and build a more just society." – from the web site

The Blackout Boston site is here: http://www.punchdouble.com/blackoutboston/

Let me know if you want to know more.

Another thing I am actively involved with is okayplayer.com, a global online community of "like-minded recording artists (who keep their official Internet homes here) and visitors to the site. Some okayplayers are filming a documentary called wtf? an okaymentary. To find out more visit http://www.numerouscats.com/okaymentary/. I think this is a great example of how artists of all colors are using the Internet to build community, support and produce alternative art and media. The okaymentary project is very interesting and exciting to participate in. Through the okayplayer.com web site the producers were able to promote the project, recruit people from various cities across the U.S. to organize locally/regionally and submit footage and other media for the film. I interviewed three Boston-based okayplayers and shot other footage for the project.

Here's the preview of the film:
http://www.reflectiondigital.com/okay/ok_trailer3.mov

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2 Responses to Blackout Arts Collective & Okayplayer

  1. Nettrice says:

    I heard from one of the members of BLACKOUTBoston and she says the group going through a long period of
    rebuilding right now. She will forward ACME Boston info to the group and thinks that collaborating would be
    fantastic.

  2. Colin says:

    Great! I’d love to learn more about their collaborations, including their work with Boston Progress and SAATh.

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