South Bronx Culture Trail Festival 2017: Take the Green Train
Celebrating Activism and Community Leadership in the Bronx For 11 Days
FREE: JUNE 1 – 11, 2017
A festival celebrating the legacy of activism and community leadership in the Bronx with 31 visual art, dance, music, theater, spoken word, artist-led and community-based group projects. All programs are rooted in social justice themes and designed to positively engage communities. Events are free and held in community gardens, venues and plazas along the 4, 5, and 6 subway lines in the Bronx from June 1-11, 2017. Culture is contagious and it starts with you!
Join us June 1–11 for a creative commute filled with dance, music, theater and spoken word along the 4, 5, and 6 lines in The Bronx. At select MTA stops, artists will perform on the subway platforms (note: far behind the yellow lines) meet up and continue on the subways cars until they reach a final destination for a collective performance. There will also be artists-led projects in local community gardens and plazas along subway stops. Since we all know culture is contagious and it starts with you, all of the work presented is based on themes of social justice and positive, interactive community building. Ride with us and remember… keep your sense of belonging close and have an activism inspired day!
The South Bronx Culture Trail is a community arts and education development initiative established in 2011 by Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education and Dancing in the Streets that celebrates and captures key moments in the cultural life of the South Bronx.Each year a collection of partners are invited to illuminate a facet of this robust history. This year’s festival theme name, Take the Green Train, is inspired by the jazz standard by Billy Strayhorn and signature tune of the Duke Ellington orchestra, “Take the ‘A’ Train” (1941). The title connotes the color of the Bronx subway lines while also referencing the activist stance of being green. Festival events are sited in a mixture of locations throughout the South Bronx to engage multiple communities and to reclaim public space. In the Bronx, place-making presents itself in community based organizations, re-imagined vacant lots now serving as community gardens, streetscapes activated with positive messaging murals, plazas filled with guerrilla theater, political discussion, cultural expression and dancing in the streets.