CentralTrak presents Next Topic: Dialogues on Race
CentralTrak, in collaboration with Make Art with Purpose (MAP), presents Dialogues on Race, a conversation with artists, cultural producers and community leaders about concerns connected to race that were explored in MAP’s Dialogues on Race billboard and mural campaign.
The discussion will include short presentations by the artists that designed the billboards and contributions by community leaders and advocates connected to the themes of the billboards.
- Christopher Blay and Gerardo Robles, who designed a billboard that drew inspiration from the killing of young African American men in cities and towns across the country.
- Rebecca Carter and Daryl Ratcliff, who designed a billboard inspired by our common human genome, which traces back to Africa.
- Jin-Ya Huang and Thania Dominguez McElory, who designed a billboard that addressed the fact that when a person undergoes an organ transplant, race is not an issue.
- Morheshin Allahyari and MAP Director Janeil Engelstad, who designed an electronic billboard that comments on the fact that when you type the words People from the Middle East into Internet search engines the search engine often recommends derogatory content.
MAP developed and produced Dialogues on Race in response to the racial tension in cities around the United States, including Dallas where conversations on racial equity and justice are happening in city government led initiatives, in the media and at grassroots community organizations. As Dallas citizens demonstrate in solidarity with people in Ferguson, New York and other places impacted police violence and the killing of young black men, MAP aims to make a meaningful, artist led, contribution to this dialogue.