Dear High Concept Labs family and friends,
As an incubator supporting artists to create work, HCL is fundamentally a learning space. We are committed, now more than ever, to taking our core values and mission off the paper and putting them into action.
The COVID-19 pandemic decimating Chicago has laid bare the systemic racism and inequality in our community. These past months we have begun the work of educating ourselves personally and organizationally about racial equity and justice.
We do so as a consequence of the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and so many others, and from arriving at an understanding of how these atrocities illuminate White supremacy. We also see that colorblind universalism and our habit of denial about violence to Black persons are part of the problem.
HCL stands with Black Lives Matter. We are committed to the dismantling of harmful, exclusionary practices that no organization, including HCL is exempt from, and we understand that anti-racist work is a permanent, ongoing effort.
The first steps we have begun on the journey toward representation and equity are to:
To truly evolve, we recognize we must open our process, invite collaboration and model transparency. Please let us hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org. Together, we can follow Black leadership in building a culture modeled on inclusion, generosity and abundance.
Yolanda Cesta Cursach Montilla
with Missi Davis, Managing Director
and the High Concept Labs Staff and Board; Kevin Simmons, Peter Taub, Linnea Carlson, Angelique Grandone, Izabella Redzisz, Gabriela Suarez, Janet Weiss, and Jakob Laukhuf
Assignment #403 is a piece set to the tunes of local band Impossible Recording Machine. Movement Foster, video by Joe Lewis, and shadow puppetry by Sam Polce, tell the story of two humans, who with the relentless assistance of unseen, unknown friends, find each other after great pain and boredom. As the two humans’ bond grows, a new tree is formed.
The night itself is a celebration, a gift to the audience. The show is free. There will be free refreshments, local art in the lobby, and a different child musician playing before each show.
Photos by Omar Robles. www.paumestudio.com