WOKE, “as a political term of African American origin, refers to a perceived awareness of issues concerning social justice and racial justice. It derives from the African American vernacular English expression 'stay woke,' whose grammatical aspect refers to a continuing awareness of these issues.”#
If ever there was a time for civic engagement, that time is now. Our country is still reeling from the death of George Floyd and the protests it sparked nationwide. Our world is still grappling with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. And, now, we face one of the most consequential political elections of our lifetime.
In the words of poet James Weldon Johnson, this is a time to “lift every voice and sing till earth heaven ring, ring with the harmonies of liberty.”
With WOKE!, we have collaborated with a range of citizens from Hollywood celebrities to Gen Z'ers and Millennials in a multifaceted digital arts campaign that includes: a viral anthem/video, an art exhibition, film briefs, and educational curriculum.
With WOKE!, we are raising civic awareness and engagement.
View our stunning exhibition featuring inspired works by student artists attending the Art Institutes of Atlanta and Virginia Beach
Watch Nolan Williams, Jr.'s award-winning, star-studded voting rights anthem and 'America' song project advocating for a peaceful transition
Access voting rights curriculum developed in partnership with the Constitutional Rights Foundation
Screen provocative short videos produced by Gen Z'er and Millennial filmmakers to challenge social norms
Art Institute of Atlanta
Art Institute of Virginia Beach
Bohemian Foundation (Denver, CO)
Constitutional Rights Foundation (Los Angeles, CA)
Dale A. Mott & Edgewood (Washington, D.C.)
David Frederick & Sophia Lynn
I Have A Right, LLC
It's Only 11:30 Productions (Charlotte, NC/Los Angeles, CA)
KmBd Studios (Prince George’s Co., MD)
NEWorks Productions (Washington, D.C./Philadelphia, PA)
Pigmental Studios (Los Angeles, CA/Washington, D.C.)
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