by Paul Bedard
“The artist’s job is to make memories,” a teacher (Rubén Polendo) once told a class I was in during college. At the protest to Donald Trump’s inauguration and the Women’s March on Washington, I couldn’t believe this more strongly. I believe artists have a unique ability to harness the unusual, to provoke imagination, and to create experiences that haunt and linger long after the event has ended. I believe artists, in the words of Taylor Mac, must remind people of what's been forgotten or ignored and crystallize the unforgettable and unignorable as it unfolds. We must make and preserve memories.
by Paul Bedard
On November 8, 2016, Theater in Asylum's The Debates concluded it's sprawling adaptation of the presidential debates. For two years, a team of about fifty people watched, analyzed, and devised theater from the 2015-2016 presidential debates.
On November 9, 2016, the team behind The Debates gathered at a bar to celebrate the conclusion of the process and watch the results of the US presidential election come in.
Over the next two months the group protested together, created signs and slogans and songs together, met to discuss the situations, and focsed on a new group forming.
On December 25, 2016, Back to Work was decided upon as the name.
"Everything’s coming together while everything’s falling apart." - Jamie Henn, of 350.org, to Rebecca Solnit, of Hope in the Dark. There are setbacks and there are victories in the march to a better world. There is always reason to get back to work. We commit to acknowledge milestones, both positive and negative, and to constantly reengage with the work that needs to be done.
Back to Work is a group of artists committed to activating the fight for liberation with imagery, sound, and story.
We create and organize to
There is work to be done.
Won't you join us?
Paul Bedard is a Brooklyn-based theater director and activist.
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