HOME: A Year-Long Performance Activation Series
Funded in part by the California Arts Council
Many of us are struggling with issues of HOME — especially here in the Mission. The Mission was home to Latinx families, artists, activists, and the working class, immigrants, refugees, and political exiles. Now it is ground zero in the fight against displacement of those for whom the Mission was once refuge.
The question of home has only been exacerbated exponentially in the past year as we are forced to grapple with what happens when:
…your search for a safer home lands you in a cage / ICE kidnaps you from your home / you are supposed to shelter in place but you have no shelter / you are supposed to shelter in place but home is not safe / police murder you while you are asleep in your home / climate change fires have burned down your home / houseless moms are ripped from homes even though they sit empty / only a few get to work from home / there are 12 people living in your two bedroom home / the original land stewards of your home have been dispossessed…
Join us in a series of performance events that are activating the streets of our beloved Mission District, as we know that art helps us uncover answers to the questions that haunt us.
Events include: Pop-up performances of Dance Brigade’s Hemorrhage: An Ablution of Hope; The Mission Youth Arts Festival, celebrating the rising young voices of tomorrow; Incantation, a procession, performance, and prayer for regime change, and Lifting the Veil, an art installation honoring our ancestors and the original caretakers of the land.
One of the spots that we will be activating is the pit which runs from 22nd/Mission to 22nd/Bartlett Street. This was the site of the 2015 arson fire (which was followed by two other fires, making it impossible for the structure to be rebuilt) that killed one person and displaced some 60 residents, mostly low-income Latinx immigrants. Many businesses serving the neighborhood were also displaced. The pit has sat empty for the past five years because there is a fight between the landlord and the community about what will be built in its place: will it be more luxury apartment buildings or will it be affordable housing built by and for the people? Join us to insist that the answer be the later.
HOME is funded in part by the California Arts Council.