Talk to Everyone and Everything About Race
2016 - 2018
Performative conversation project

Hood River Version (2018)
Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River OR
Collaboration with Lisa Jarrett and Lo Moran, supported by an Oregon Humanities grant

Talk to Everyone and Everything About Race Hood River is a long-table conversation project in which audience members can volunteer to participate in a dinner table conversation about race set on a theater stage. This version was commissioned as a site-specific long table conversation in the theater at the Columbia Center for the Arts in downtown Hood River. The project included a projected list of things to talk to about, a screen printed table cloth with a map of sites surrounding Hood River, catered taco dinner, and giveaway screen printed lists. Through our conversation, narratives surfaced on race and racism in Hood River and the surrounding Columbia River Gorge. We collected community questions in the weeks leading up to the event, and presented them as prompts on the table. Participants ranged from middle school students to the Mayor of Hood River. The night ended with a slide show of a new round of questions collected from the audience during the conversation.

New York Version (2016)
Presented at Art in Odd Places, New York, NY
Collaboration with Roz Crews, Lisa Jarrett, and Lo Moran

Talk to Everyone and Everything About Race is a socially engaged, co-authored conversation project that prompts participants to talk with people (bodies) and places (architectures) about race in an ongoing and meaningful way. We do not claim authority on topics regarding race, but do seek to normalize conversations about it in our everyday routines and spaces. To do better as a society, we need to more of these conversations.

Roz Crews, Lisa Jarrett, and Lauren Moran, and I work as a collaborative group to develop interdisciplinary public projects that ask questions and encourage critical thinking. The project centers around a set of 25 questions on cards given to passerbys in order to invite spontaneous dialogue on the topic of race, and encourages those who participate to take a set of questions home to continue the dialogue with others.

Talk to Everyone and Everything About Race was presented in Union Square, The Highline, and along 14th street during Art in Odd Places 2016.

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