— Georgia O’Keeffe
Just finished up some design work for The Global Theatre Project. So very impressed with the words of Bari Hochwald, Artistic Director of Living An Explorer’s Desire premiering May 21, 2013 at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles.
I do think that, in the world we live today, we need more activists.
Not politicians, not soldiers, not multinational corporations
but artists, youth, community members who become passionate about the fact that we all share this planet.
That we are connected.
And, for those of us who are American, we realize this connection bears with it a level of responsibility. We affect the world with almost everything we do whether or not we are aware of it.
So the question we are exploring at The GTP is what would happen if we were aware of it?
What could we become as individuals and as a nation if we had a greater sensitivity and active involvement with issues that affect us all locally and globally?
What if we learned about other cultures through creating art with them and asking questions together?
Who could we be, as Americans, if we worked both here on our own soil and abroad to become more expansive individually and collectively?
And what world would we leave our children to explore?
Tonight we gently open the door into the world of immigration, in order that we might peer inside this complex and very human issue and start a journey together over the next year.
That journey will involve youth and community members, artists and educators.
Here and abroad.
Exploring the possibilities …
And that is what I mean by activists.
And that is what I hope you will consider becoming with us.
So that, together, we may Live an Explorer’s Desire and expand a little in the coming months.