To Honor Our Ancestors
Humanity: An Evolving Perspective
is a virtual performance spearheaded by Vania C Bynum (Bynum Arts and Education Movement) in partnership with Jaime Waliczek (Jerboa Dance). The vision for this virtual fundraiser stemmed from Vania’s production of the 2005 Hurricane Relief Benefit, produced in partnership with the Allied Arts Foundation and Microsoft (BAM). The title, Humanity, was originally inspired by a visit to a museum in Maui, Hawaii - where curator Vania, learned of the mistreatment that Hawaiians endured at the hands of the disparate treatment from colonial rule. The malice and inequitable practices paralleled that of the general discrimination against People of Color across the globe.
The theme of Humanity was influenced by the desire of Vania and Jaime to assist our community as it is being impacted by COVID-19 and the deaths of Black citizens due to police brutality. In the midst of the global pandemic, the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd , and many others has accelerated the movement for equality and justice, causing a long overdue increase in momentum. In separate corners, both artists asked the same questions to each other. What can we do to help our communities?
Together we stand.
"We honor our Ancestors by sharing a narrative of truth. We can only move forward when we acknowledge realities of the past"
Vania C Bynum
To creatively educate & examine the race and social justice issues that have created an uphill battle for equality. No Justice, No Peace.
To educate our community about Black History as it relates to systemic racism that has created the uphill battle for equality.
To raise money for organizations that commit to the progress of race and social justice and food equity.
To connect artists of color in the community, and provide jobs during a time when there is less work due to social distancing.
As the concept for Humanity – An Evolving
Perspective grew, it became clear that this work is a vast amount of history that cannot be told in one short presentation. It would take FOREVER!
Our mission is to continue the narrative by presenting the We Inspire Humanity Series.
Humanity: An Evolving perspective
Humanity: Women of the Movement
Humanity: The Church as an Advocate
Humanity: The "Tricks" of the "trade"
Humanity: Hope of the Future
Come with us on our journey to Artistically explore Humanity and how our stories have shifted and evolved.
"Equality, and I will be Free" - Maya Angelou