As a presenter, Art2Action works closely with our Florida partners, such as the University of South Florida, community organizations and local businesses, such as The Bunker Cafe. Presenting venues range in size, from 50-500 seats. Working closely with artists and partners to identify the appropriate process for each residency is key to our work. Here are some examples of our presenting programs.
Art2Action and Gallery221@HCC hosted Egyptian muralist Aya Tarek, in 3 days of events with music, film screenings, and performances! Events celebrating the new mural included a “Block Party” featuring local artists of color; and an outdoor screening of an Egyptian film, titled Microphone (in Arabic, with English subtitles), which features Aya Tarek as herself—a graffiti artist in Alexandria in 2010. There was also a panel discussion on “Creative Placemaking,” with a delicious Middle Eastern lunch by Radiant Kitchens; and free arts workshops for all, including visual arts with Ameena Khan, and theatre with Syrian director Kholoud Sawaf!
The R&R Festival: From Recovery to Regeneration was a unique national festival of performances created by, for, about & with Veterans. In conjunction with the 4th National Summit on Arts & Health in the Military, the festival showcased a spectrum of practices and ways of creating new performance work that is rooted in the real-life experiences of military service members and Veterans. It included theatre, music and dance works about veterans created by professional companies; by veterans who are now professional artists; and co-created with Veterans from the community, in partnership with professional artists.
Liz Lerman, Photo by James Geiger
Art2Action, in partnership with the University of South Florida (USF), was one of 6 grantees in the nation awarded a “Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement” grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) in its inaugural round (2014-16). Our “Building Bridges” program introduces students, partners and audiences to the great diversity of Muslim and Arab identities, cultures and aesthetics, by presenting a series of (mostly) women performers and artists in multiple disciplines, over a two-year period. Our title, THIS Bridge: Arab, Middle Eastern & Muslim Artists, references seminal writings in women of color feminism (This Bridge Called My Back and later This Bridge We Call Home, as well as Colonize THIS! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism), and locates the self-representation of contemporary Arab and Muslim women artists within that historical discourse. Guest artists in the presenting series each spend a full week in Tampa, on campus and in the community. Artist residencies include performances, film screenings, exhibits, class visits and workshops, Festival appearances, facilitated dialogues, academic lectures and panels to engage students across an array of departments, institutes, and student associations.