ACAC Collaboration Aims to Uplift Voices of Color

Announcing New Collaboration: The Robbins Library and the Town’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Division are launching “Elevating Arlington’s Voices of Color” – a new archive project designed to collect, share, and preserve the experiences of people of color. Too often, community members of color are spoken for or about; the purpose of this project is to restore the power of sharing one’s own narrative. The archive welcomes contributions from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) people of all ages who live now – or grew up – or work in Arlington.

ACAC is joining this effort by developing a series of occasional talks by BIPOC artists who find inspiration in life experience and tell their stories through a variety of media. We are delighted to announce that our first presenter will be award-winning poet Charles Coe, who some may remember as one of the jurors for ACAC’s Bikeway Haiku project in 2018. More information to come, but please save the date of February 27 to hear — via zoom — from one of our region’s finest poets as he shares his sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, but always insightful work with the whole community.

A smaller, intimate workshop for BIPOC participants only will follow on March 6 to allow for deeper discussion around the intersections of racial identity and storytelling.

BIPOC Artist Series co-sponsored with the Robbins Library and the Arlington Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Division.

Charles Coe’s website: https://www.charlescoe.org/about

(photo by Essdras Suare)