In February of 2021, MICA conducted a People's State of the Union Story Circle. We gathered on Zoom to share stories about how our lives have been shaped by the movements of people across lands and borders. Local artist Tracy Cook-Williams joined us to do live painting inspired by the stories the circle. Excerpts from some of the stories and a photo of the final painting are shared below.
Similar circles were carried out by groups across the country, and the stories were gathered by the US Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC), who coordinates this national action. On April 22, USDAC will be presenting their "Poetic Address to the Nation" — a grassroots reflection on the state of our union based on the gathered stories — It is a people's response to the top-down speech given by the president. CLICK HERE to register for this powerful online event.