Raven Stubbs “A day late a dollar short”


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Raven Stubbs: A day late a dollar short is part of Recess’s signature program, Assembly, an artist-led diversion program for court-involved youth that offers long-term, paid pathway to careers in the arts. A guest artist joins each new cohort of the program and collaborates with youth on a project in our public storefront gallery.

Raven Stubbs will present A day late and a dollar short a workshop series and ethnodramaturgical project exploring the role of class within contemporary Black life and community.

Over the course of four public sessions on education, identity expression (gender,etc.), assets, and socialization, Stubbs will work with Recess Assembly participants and invited facilitators to foster dialogue and inquiry around the complex intersections of Blackness and class. Do systems of racial exclusion offer class equity within black communities? Does educational advancement offer Black individuals true access to resources or merely bring them adjacent to privileged others? Is class status an overdetermination of access to gender expression and identity? When can spaces of Black self-determination undo generations of racist targeting by housing and financial institutions? And when do prescribed modes of Black socialization, presentability, and excellence become complicit in pathologizing Black life rather than inspiring Black uplift?
Stubbs’s project gives space for Black folks to question how, if at all, they can participate in the market without selling themselves.

Drawing upon the language that emerges during the four public workshops, Stubbs’s project will culminate in the creation of an ethnodramatic reading presented at the conclusion of the project. In addition to her work on A day late and a dollar short in the Assembly gallery space, Stubbs will participate as a guest artist during the Assembly diversion program. She will collaborate with the program’s Lead Educator to incorporate material from her project into the program’s curriculum.

About the Artist:
Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Raven Stubbs is an artist, educator, writer, and organizer who views each of those roles as overlapping and intersectional. She holds a BA in Theatre Studies with research in Ethnodramatic practices from Illinois Wesleyan University and an Ed.M. in Education and Public Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Coming from a predominantly Black city, Raven uses ethnography and Theater of the Oppressed to address access to education and interrogate racism, gender, and class within the Black community. Using art to curate and produce space for folks of color, Raven’s art both increases literacy skills in school-aged black and latinx children and reimagines spaces for learning and creative expression. Her research and experiences led her to create performance-based Anti-Oppression workshops as a tool for community building, organizing, and art making. Raven’s passion for advocating for social change and human rights lead her to form many partnerships and spearhead projects with organizations including A.R.T (Cambridge, MA), H.G.S.E., Western Avenue Community Center (Bloomington, IL), Delta Dental Health Theatre (St.Louis, MO), Illinois Shakespeare Festival (Bloomington,IL), and Mosaic Youth Theatre (Detroit, MI), CYI Detroit (Detroit, MI), Global Campaign for Education-US Chapter (D.C.), Lawndale Christian Legal Center (Chicago, IL), Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (Chicago, IL), Teachers for Social Justice (Chicago, IL), Avodah (Chicago, New York, D.C., New Orleans), The Goodman Theatre (Chicago, IL), Harvard Defenders (Cambridge, MA).

Upcoming Events:

* Please note all Class Intersections are intended to be intra-racial dialogues, and as a result are invite only. For more information on how to attend please email info@recessart.org

Class Intersection: Education
Saturday, January 26th, 2 pm

Class Intersection: Identity Expression
Saturday, February 2nd, 2 pm

Middling Reception
Thursday, February 7th, 7 pm

Class Intersection: Assets
Saturday, February 16th, 2 pm

Class Intersection: Socialization
Thursday, February 21st, 7 pm



from January 10, 2019 to March 16, 2019
Public Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12-6 pm Thursday, 2-8 pm


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