Police Violence Symposium: LEAP
Public Talk
Police Violence Symposium

Artivism Artist Cypher

co-hosted by ARRAY’s LEAP & the Hopkins Center
April 11, 2021

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Public Talk season. This is an archived view.

Meet the first artist grantees from LEAP, the Law Enforcement Accountability Project founded by filmmaker Ava DuVernay. LEAP funds art projects across all genres that address police brutality of Black people: "we will tell the true stories."

20/21 Public Talk

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The Police Violence Symposium (April 5–11) is an international conference featuring 50+ artists, activists, alumni, students and scholars exploring this complex, global and urgent issue. Register for the Symposium for full access and session information. Register for Free >

ARRAY's LEAP is proud to close out this year's symposium with a showcase featuring powerful work by the initiative's inaugural artist grantees. A Q&A and discussion follows about creating projects centered on calling out police brutality from the artivist perspective. The show will be moderated by Anthony Fosu' 24.
LEAP, the Law Enforcement Accountability Project, is a propulsive fund dedicated to empowering artists as they aggressively pursue narrative change around the police abuse of Black people. Over the next two years, LEAP will award grants to up to 25 artists across multiple disciplines who will create work to disrupt the code of silence that exists around police brutality and misconduct. LEAP is administered by ARRAY, the multi-platform arts and social impact collective dedicated to narrative change founded by filmmaker Ava DuVernay.

Jocelyn Jackson
"Fixed Price Menu" Guided Tour

Jocelyn Jackson's passion for culturally significant food, social justice, creativity, and community is rooted in a childhood spent on the Kansas plains. Jocelyn founded JUSTUS Kitchen to create healing food experiences that inspire folks to reconnect with themselves, the earth, and one another, with the goal of collective liberation. She is the co-founder of the People's Kitchen Collective (PKC) based in Oakland. It is a large-scale community dining project that uses food, art, and education to address the critical social justice issues of our time while centering the lived experiences of Black and brown folks.

W.J. Lofton
"Would You Kill God Too?" Live Reading

W.J. Lofton is a poet, writer, editor, director, and songwriter centering his work on the intersections of Black queer identity. His poetry and essays have been featured in several print and online literary journals including Scalawag Magazine and Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora. Lofton is the author of the poetry book, A Garden for Black Boys Between the Stages of Soil and Stardust. He is Chicago born but Alabama raised. He calls Atlanta, GA home.

Steven John Irby
"41 To '99" Photo Essay Viewing 

Steven John Irby (a.k.a. Steve Sweatpants) is a Brooklyn-born street photographer and co-owner, co-founder, and director of Street Dreams Magazine. Raised in Queens, the majority of Irby's work is derived from an endless source of inspiration from his home city as well as from traveling. Shooting primarily in B/W, Irby takes poignant portraits and gritty cityscapes from unique perspectives. He is currently an ambassador for Sony Cameras.

To close, a special preview from our fourth artist grantee!

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