Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Throughout my career as an urban planner, his teachings have reminded me of the importance of rooting my work in practices of social justice and racial equity.
It's important that we don't shy away from tough questions and instead look at them head on. Calling The Circle provided an important platform for these conversations, reminding me that Spaceworks is more than our physical spaces- we are a community.
Led by our storytellers and performers, our conversations centered around issues such as affordability, gentrification, racial and gender equity, accessibility, sanctuary space, and how all of these issues affect our ability to thrive in New York City. It was inspiring to hear artists and neighbors share stories through both their words and their craft. You can view the photographs below.
We want to remind you that our spaces are not only available for cultivating your artistic practice, but also as places to congregate in community.
I also want to take this time to thank Race Forward for allowing me to participate in their Racial Equity in the Arts Innovation Lab. The learnings from this lab will continue to shape my work and the work we do together.
Preeti Sodhi, she/her