THE 2020 AWAKENING BILLINGS
INDIGENOUS FILMS & FILMMAKER'S PANEL MMIP COMMUNITY GATHERING ROBERT HALL/BLOOD QUANTUM REDress EXHIBIT SEEING PATTERNS EXHIBITION RELATED EVENTS PARTNERS & PRESENTERS
For Freedoms is an artist led organization that models and increases creative civic engagement, discourse and direct action. This fall, they and the artist and organizations they work with are committing to a world of listening, healing, justice . . . #the2020awakening. Short terms goals are to build census participation and voter registration.
In the Billings area, we are focusing on endeavors that encourage action and bring the community into dialogue about issues affecting our BIPOC, LGBTQ and other underrepresented communities, particularly our indigenous neighbors . . . projects that envision a more civil, more capacious, more generous city and region . . . actions that bring people together.
Inspired by the Wide Awakes of 1860, the 2020 Awakening takes a cue from this band of abolitionist dreamers and widens the lens. In February, Alaina Buffalo Spirit, Marci McLean, Dylan Running Crane and I attended the For Freedoms Congress in Los Angeles, where we joined 500 other creatives with the goal of connecting, collaborating, building community and, for us, bringing attention to indigenous life in Montana. We learned about the Wide Awakes, who helped push Abraham Lincoln to victory, and who inspired us to imagine a new world of imminent possibility, a chance to commit to a world of healing, listening and justice.