Cash Prizes to be Awarded to Collaborators who Create Works Based on 2020’s Defining Moments in History
(Black PR Wire) As a backdrop to the historical significance of 2020 defined by COVID-19 and social protest, Regina Taylor—the Golden Globe-winning actress, playwright, and activist—in partnership with Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Meadows School of the Arts, is seeking submissions for the black album.mixtape. project until May 3, 2021.
Taylor’s the black album.mixtape. invites collaborators from various fields and in a variety of media to explore and tackle the questions about the current moment on a national and international scale: Where are we, how did we get here, and how do we imagine and arrive at a better future? Entries are being solicited from students, professionals and the community in the arts, technology, science and activism. Works can include video, music, audio, images, monologues, photos, designs, or text, interviews or self-interviews. All submissions will be considered for $500 cash awards that will be presented by Regina Taylor and a panel of judges during a culminating virtual Block Party on May 11, 2021. Works can include video, music, audio, images, monologues, photos, designs, or text, interviews, or self-interviews. Submit entries here: https://blog.smu.edu/theblackalbum/awards/
“I launched this project as a platform for crucial conversations during this time of racial reckoning,” said Taylor. “The black album explores how we as artists advance social justice in our work, and how we imagine, teach, and create in the face of COVID-19. The collaboration is designed to help all of us— performers and the public, seasoned arts leaders, and new students—to realize the power we hold within ourselves and our ability to press forward for justice.”
The project began last fall with a performance written by Taylor and performed by SMU students: the black album. 2020.
resistance —a highly personalized collection of vignettes and moments that examine the question of What It Is To Be Black at a historically significant moment.
the black album.mixtape. Award Categories-Youth and Adult
• The Artist Mixtape Award
For excellence in the categories of art, music, theatre, dance, or other creative arts.
• The Innovation Mixtape Award
• For excellence in the creative application of technology.
• The STEM Mixtape Award
For excellence in the areas of science, medicine, architecture/engineering, or other math- or science-related field.
• The Activist Mixtape Award
For excellence in the areas of social justice, law, or environmental and other forms of activism.
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