Are you passionate about a cause, but you're not sure where to start? Are you already an activist and seeking support to broaden your platform? Activist Songbook—an ongoing performance project that began with interviews of Asian American, immigrant, and refugee organizers—offers a toolkit for organizers to combine civil rights organizing and music to inspire change.
Join the program's founders and leaders, composer Byron Au Yong and writer Aaron Jafferis, for inclusive, interactive Activist Songbook workshops this fall. Participants will be invited (but not required) to perform the final pieces they create together during the 2020 Festival. The workshops are open to anyone interested in activism; no experience is necessary. Come to one or all of the workshops; additional dates will be announced.
At the workshops, Au Yong and Jafferis (creators of the previous Festival performances Stuck Elevator and (Be)longing) will teach participants songs from their Activist Songbook program and guide them in creating new pieces for their own campaigns.
November 17: A music-focused participatory workshop during which attendees will share their own stories and talk about how they can use songs, raps, or chants to support the causes they are most passionate about.