WHAT IS BLACK LIVES MATTER?
“Black Lives Matter is a national movement formed in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2012. We are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise. We affirm our humanity, our contributions to this society, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.” Black Lives Matter, About Us
“We’ve committed to struggling together and to imagining and creating a world free of anti-Blackness, where every Black person has the social, economic, and political power to thrive.
We acknowledge, respect, and celebrate differences and commonalities. We work vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension, all people.” Black Lives Matter, What We Believe
WHY BLACK LIVES MATTER AT PRATT?
The mission of Pratt Institute is to educate artists and creative professionals to be responsible contributors to society. Black Lives Matter at Pratt is an advocacy group invested in working within and alongside the institution to achieve this mission. Comprised of students, faculty, and staff, we address issues such as anti-blackness, racial inequality, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia, and systemic oppression. Our aim is to provide a platform for our community of artists, creative professionals and scholars to recognize their talents as an instrumental tool for confronting social inequity openly and honestly. We do research, organize public talks and artistic events, workshops, and other community-building programs.
As an intersectional movement we embrace the experiences and perspectives of all of our community members as we collectively seek to break from oppressive social norms and the power structures these norms create. Through our programming we hope to build bridges by centering our humanity while also acknowledging the complexity of our many identities.
BLM at Pratt seeks to be an educational resource dedicated to the co-creation of a climate where every individual who works, lives and studies on campus can feel safe, empowered, and inspired. We believe that our institution has the potential to become a key stakeholder in the creation of an equitable society. BLM at Pratt promotes art as activism and activism as art.
Anyone who works or studies at Pratt is welcome to join our membership! Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend a meeting or learn more.
WHAT WE DO
Our guiding keyword for 2019-2020 is VISIBILITY.
EVENTS: We program talks, performances, exhibitions, workshops and other events centering Black perspectives on campus throughout the school year.
TEACH-IN: Our daylong, signature event brings together scholars, Pratt faculty, students, and staff as well as members of the broader Brooklyn community for a whole day of exchange, art and dialogue on campus.
CURRICULUM: Encourage and collaborate with faculty members to incorporate the #BlackLivesMatter movement into their class curriculum.
INCLUSION: Work with the Center for Equity and Inclusion to creatively respond to social inequity on campus and beyond.
ADVOCACY: We commit to critiquing and combating the intersections of privilege and oppression on our campus.
DIALOGUE: we encourage faculty, staff, students and alumni to come into conversation across differences of race, gender, sexuality, and profession.
BEYOND CAMPUS: Collaborate with local organizations, vendors, and activists working within the broader Brooklyn community.