One month after the US presidential election, many artists and supporters of the arts are still reeling. How should we react to the uncertain future that President-elect Donald Trump represents? What can we say or do to move forward?
On December 15, from 6pm to midnight, Hyperalleric will partner with Housing Works Bookstore Cafe and a number of other organizations and publications to produce Art After Trump, a response to the 2016 election. It will be a marathon night of readings and performances, around two minutes each, by a broad range of writers, artists, musicians, performers, and other creatives. The lineup features some 100 people thus far and is still growing.
Contributors to Art After Trump include many individuals who have been involved with Hyperallergic in some way, whether as writers or as artists whose work we’ve championed. Among them are A.L. Steiner, Alison Kinney, Chloë Bass, Christen Clifford, Cynthia Cruz, Dread Scott, Jacques Servin (of the Yes Men), Jessica Lynne, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Kate Wadkins, Dale Megan Healey, Ralph Lemon, Todd Shalom and Niegel Smith (of Elastic City), as well as Associate Editor Elisa Wouk Almino, Weekend Editor John Yau, and myself.
One of the goals of the event is to create a feeling of solidarity and to offer hope and inspiration for those in the arts who are figuring out how to face the next four years. But it’s important to note that Art After Trump also has a more tangible goal: it will be a fundraiser for Housing Works, an organization that was born out of the AIDS activist group ACT UP and has spent decades working tirelessly to serve homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. Trump and the Republican Party have pledged to overturn the Affordable Care Act, which has been critical in helping Housing Works do its work; the organization needs our support right now. And as more groups in the US face assaults on their rights, we must come together to defend them. We hope to see you there.
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Molly Rose Quinn, Director of Public programming, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Glory Edim, founder, Well-Read Black Girl
Ben Sisto, Ace Hotel New York
Jillian Steinhauer, Senior Editor, Hyperallergic
Brandon Stosuy, Editor-in-Chief, The Creative Independent
The Creative Independent
Well-Read Black Girl Book Club (WRBG)
The Atlas Review
VIDA: Women in Literary Arts
Urban Word NYC