KINGSTON, NY (March 12th, 2018) On April 4th, 2018, storytelling non-profit TMI Project (in partnership with Bard College) will present #blackstoriesmatter–inspiring true stories and monologues about Black people surviving and thriving in the Hudson Valley–for the school community as well as the general public. The performances will be followed by a panel and facilitated community discussion about race, identity and inclusion. In addition to providing a space for the audience to process the deeply intimate and stirring performances, the post-performance discussion will allow the audience to tackle hard questions around race and community, and offer suggestions and tools for taking action to create meaningful change. #blackstoriesmatter@Bard is open to the public and all local college students are encouraged to attend.
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018, 7pm
$20 for general public
Free for College Students w/ Valid Student ID
(Enter code STUDENT at Check-out)
TMI Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower people and bring about social change through true storytelling. #blackstoriesmatter is TMI Project’s way of making an impact in addressing incidents of hate, bigotry and racial injustice in our local community while also participating as an organization in the national outcry of injustice. Through this initiative, the organization seeks to raise awareness around issues of inequality and injustice and inspire people to take action.
Bard College, and the Hudson Valley community in general, are known as progressive and liberal. However, this year alone, there have been multiple incidents of racist graffiti reported at New Paltz High School and charges against the Kingston Police from numerous young men of color for use of excessive force. Additionally, most areas of the Hudson Valley, including the Bard Campus community, remain largely segregated leading to tensions around race, demonstrating a need for trust building and deeper conversations around race and community.
“Young people attending our colleges and universities are on the cusp of shaping the future of the nation. They deserve to have meaningful exposure and discourse about the negative impact of race in the shaping of our nation. We rely on their critical thinking and compassion to contribute to a more equitable and inclusive future.” said #blackstoriesmatter Program Director, Tameka Ramsey. “Our shared goal with Bard College for #blackstoriesmatter@Bard is to loosen tensions around race, build trust and, ultimately, makes strides toward healing the inherent, deeply rooted wounds of this country,” said Ramsey. “In alignment with TMI Project’s mission to empower people and bring about change through true storytelling,” added TMI Project’s Executive Director, Eva Tenuto, “We look forward to presenting #blackstoriesmatter at Bard College and opening an ongoing dialogue about race and community here in the Hudson Valley.”
#blackstoriesmatter@Bard is sponsored by BRAVE. Co-sponsored by: Brothers at Bard, Res Life, Dean of Students Office, Student Activities, Health and Counseling Services, Office of Title IX, Peer Health, and The Surrealist Training Circus. Media sponsor: Chronogram
ABOUT TMI PROJECT
TMI Project offers transformative memoir workshops and performances that invite storytellers and audience members to explore new perspectives. TMI Project envisions a world where true storytelling is an agent of change; where, through the sharing of radically candid, true, personal narratives, everyone—storytellers and listeners alike—can become empowered, release shame and stigma, and replace old understandings with new ones. We aim to incite social, legal, and political change by arming activists with the skills needed to be captivating storytellers, and by amplifying the voices of populations whose stories often go unheard.
Through true storytelling, TMI Project focuses the spotlight on stories told by people from marginalized populations, humanizing issues often overlooked by mainstream media. They also focus on the work of emerging and veteran activists and leaders, to document the way they are changing the world; stories that may not be recognized in history books but need to be heard and recorded for future generations.
Since 2010, TMI Project has led approximately 70 workshops and staged performances by nearly 1,500 participants, which have been presented to audiences of over 50,000 people in schools, colleges, prisons, mental health clinics, theaters, community centers, the United Nations and online. For more information, visit www.tmiproject.org
Sara DeRose, TMI Project