Panel Discussion on Saturday, April 14 at 4 pm.
Opening Reception follows from 5 to 7 pm.
Many of the tents have been cleared, the sidewalks cleaned, and the statue of General McPherson extricated from the enormous blue tarp known as the “Tent of Dreams.” By visible accounts, Occupy D.C. is struggling, and life in the nation’s capital is starting to return to normal.
Except, of course, for the people who used to live in the McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza tent communities. Members of the organization known as Occupy Faith D.C. have scurried about, coordinating with local churches and brainstorming about the best way to feed and shelter the displaced. For this interfaith coalition that supports the Occupy movement, the questions are swirling: Where will the protesters stay? Who will provide food? Who is available to spend tonight at Luther Place, to make sure that things remain peaceful?
Much of the criticism directed at the Occupy Movement has focused on protesters’ lack of clear objectives. However, for many people of faith in D.C., these goals are as bright as day: social and economic justice, and equal support for all human beings, regardless of circumstance.
Faith in Action documents this largely unseen spiritual side of the Occupy Movement, focusing on the efforts and struggles of two groups – Occupy Church and Occupy Faith D.C. – as they pursue the ideals of the Occupy protests that have now swept through cities around the world. Occupy Church seeks to revive social justice practices specifically within the Christian tradition, while Occupy Faith D.C. has brought together people of diverse religious backgrounds to support protesters.
There have been plenty of photographs taken of religion in practice, suggesting that it is something confined mostly to the church, mosque, temple, or synagogue. This body of work examines what happens outside of worship: It explores how faith is lived, and the societal circumstances that shape it.
“This exhibition is our way of supporting the social justice goals of the Occupy Movement,” says Barbara Johnson, founding director of Art Matters and Art Works Studio School, “wherever there is a conversation about equality and justice for all, Art Works hopes to be there in support in whatever ways possible.”
Join art matters and Lauren Pond at the Panel Discussion at 4pm on Saturday, April 14, 2012.
Exhibition opening reception follows from 5 to 7 pm at art matters.
Art Matters is located at 3711 Rhode Island Avenue, Mount Rainier, MD 20712. Call 301-454-0808 for gallery hours or to make an appointment. For more information visit www.artworksnow.org.