In conjunction with Harvard University’s Common Spaces initiative, the Harvard Graduate School of Education will host Bridging the Gap Between Art and Activism on Monday, November 2, at 7 p.m. The event will take place via Zoom and will also stream on Facebook.
Moderated by Tracie Jones, the director of diversity, inclusion, and belonging at HGSE, the event will begin with a musical performance by evrYwhr, multi-talented artist who has collaborated with Leona Lewis, Mila J, and Aaron Carter, and who co-wrote two songs for the 2013 Grammy-winning album Gravity, performed by Gospel rapper Lecrae.
Following his performance, evrYwhr will deliver a special message about his art and activism.
After, the event will shift to a panel discussion featuring Dyllón Burnside, an actor and singer known for the FX television show Pose; Joiselle Cunningham, Ed.L.D.’17, the chief executive officer of Pathways to Creative Industries; and HGSE lecturer Aysha Upchurch. There will be ample time for questions from the audience during the discussion.
The event will also feature a special guest appearance by DeRay Mckesson, the noted civil rights activist, podcast host, author, and educator.
"Creativity has often provided fuel for social impact in the United States and globally,” says Cunningham, one of the panelists. “I'm excited to speak with leaders who are working to ensure that we use our voice and vote in the current election and engage young people in the political process, while honoring the impact that the arts have on our collective consciousness and our ability to dream big."