I gave a talk about our Bamboodu Float for Memorial Day at the Mill Valley Community Action Network’s monthly meeting on June 4, 2017. Our grassroots political group formed last November to resist the Trump regime and keep democracy alive.
We created this puppet theater on wheels with the help of MVCAN friends and neighbors. Our first show stars Lady Liberty and Tiny Trump: each time Trump tweets fake news, Liberty bonks him on his thick bobble head.
Our political art piece helped promote MVCAN in more ways than one. Thousands of spectators cheered and sang along with us: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses …”. Thousands more read the cover story about us in the Independent Journal, as well as the ABC 7 News report aired on Memorial Day. And parade judges gave us the “Best Community Spirit Award." All this attention raised awareness for MVCAN, inviting more people to join our cause.
Our friends at MVCAN also invited me to talk about the importance of art in politics. Here are my takeaways from this project:
• Art engages us at a deeper level
• It unites us around shared emotions
• We identify with the characters of our stories
• We spread our message to a wider audience
• It invites people of all ages to participate
• It sparks our imagination to invent the future
• Making art together is fun and inspiring
• It encourages playful collaborations
• It builds community and strengthens our bonds
Thank you to all our gracious contributors for bringing this project to life! I’m glad that our message resonated with our community and helped promote MVCAN.
Join your neighbors to keep democracy alive!
Learn more about MVCAN: at mvcan.org/
Learn more about our Bamboodu Float: http://bit.ly/bamboodu-float
Check out the slides of this talk: http://bit.ly/mvcan-float-slides
See photos of the Bamboodu Float: http://bit.ly/mvcan-float-photos
Watch the video of the Bamboodu Float: vimeo.com/219986491
The Liberty poem we sang is by Emma Lazarus, and the Liberty song is by Gareth Loy ( garethloy.com/?p=55 ). Our video includes news footage from ABC 7 News ( http://bit.ly/anti-trump-float ) and a parade montage by Gary Yost, with music by Matt Jaffe ( vimeo.com/219432682 ). Merci!
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