Whoa. In over 10 days, there were over 30 events providing 50 hours of program content for attendees on an array of critical social justice and human rights issues through a diverse set of platforms—film, music, spoken word, theater, workshops, and discussions for Manifest:Justice.
When this endeavor started, there were many basic concepts about programming but each conversation or brainstorming or opportunity added a new layer to ponder and eventually strengthen what would be presented. Some moments were planned out way in advance, others pulled together in days. That dexterity, while keeping an eye on a vision to amplify and be a partner to the already dynamic visual art strikingly curated (see slider photos above), made for a set of memorable experiences to the thousands that came through those doors in Baldwin Hills.
Big Bowl of Ideas was glad to serve as a production partner of the large scale pop-up art exhibit and community convening, Manifest:Justice, and was responsible for directing and coordinating the day-to-day programming May 1-10,2015. Nearly 15,000 people attended over that time.
Working with an amazing array of cultural organizers and producers in their own right, BBOI built out a schedule of over 30 events including music performances, panel discussions, workshops, live community art projects, film screenings, and musical and theatrical performances. See full listing of the dynamic programming here.
Sponsored by Amnesty International and The California Endowment, BBOI worked collaboratively with Task Force and Revolve Impact, to recruit and secure additional community partners, speakers and performers, manage concepts and logistics for event production, and coordinate on-site preparation and execution for the series of events addressing issues of civil rights, human rights, social justice, criminal justice reform, health care, immigration reform, poverty and resilience.
It was an incredible opportunity to truly showcase what is possible in terms of applying arts and culture to critical issues of the day and invite disparate categories of people into one conversation. We hope it not only drew attention to these issues, but ignited action as well.