In each city in which the Beware of The Dandelions multimedia interactive art installation is presented, artist collective Complex Movements initiates a community engagement strategy. This strategy begins with building a community cohort and an advisory circle consisting of artists, organizers, and other community members. We listen and learn about community resistance and resilience in the face of challenges, and exchange stories and strategies between each city and Detroit.
Learn more about Complex Movements’ media-based organizing and touring model here.
Our process took roots in Dallas almost two years ago, when we started working with our Dallas cohort coordinators Jodi Voice (American Indian Heritage Day in Texas Committee) and Sara Mokuria (Mothers Against Police Brutality). We are honored to uplift both of their important projects as part of the launch of the Dallas Beware of the Dandelions month-long engagement in Dallas this coming weekend. More info about both events and the organizations is below.
Friday, November 13, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Sandaga 813, 813 Exposition Ave, Dallas, TX 75226. Suggested donation: $5 - $25 to benefit Mothers Against Police Brutality. (no one turned away). More information on Facebook.
• Jeedo X and Invincible/ill (Complex Movements)
• Comanche Thunder
• PS the Rebels
• King Shakur
• Edyka Chilomé
• 7 Knuckles
• Prof D
• Rafael Tamayo
• Dezi 5
• Brandon L. Jackson
• The Poliiitic
• B Randall
• Leo G
• Journeyman Ink
• Rage Almighty
• Verb Kulture
• DJ QUEEN AGNES
• Members of Mothers Against Police Brutality
• Sage Crump of Complex Movements
• Studology 101
In the video above, Sara Mokuria speaks on her experience with Dallas police violence stealing her father’s life, as she advocates for justice on behalf of Ruben Garcia (who was murdered by Police during the time of Complex Movements’ residency in Dallas last February).
Saturday, November 14, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Oak Cliff Cultural Center 223 W. Jefferson Blvd. Dallas, TX 75202. More information on Facebook.
Join American Indian Heritage Day in Texas and enjoy our film presentation for Fused Lens: Profiles in History, focused on American Indian Boarding Schools. We aim to create awareness and provide education for American Indian issues to all people, through bridging the gap between history and personal experience. For the past year, American Indian Heritage Day in Texas has been compiling stories to spread messages that fuse generations into a time capsule recording.
In the video below, hear Jodi Voice and other Dallas-based Indigenous community members speak about current advocacy efforts for their community, including establishing American Indian Heritage Day in Texas, and advocating for removal of Dallas school mascots that misappropriated Native identity.