ABOUT THE GRANT
- $36,250 to CONTRA-TIEMPO to support joyUS justUS (MAP 2018)
- $7,548 to general operating support for CONTRA-TIEMPO
ABOUT THE PROJECT
joyUS justUS takes on the ideas of radical joy and transformative justice as revolutionary practices. Whenever humans have survived immense hardship and injustice, prevailing with our humanity intact, two things have always been at the root: the presence of joy–or the knowingness and unapologetic celebration of our true beauty and power–and the presence of engaged community. joyUS justUS reclaims the dominant deficit-based narrative of people of color in this country as being underprivileged, voiceless, powerless, and victimized, and flips it on its head by embodying stories of joy and community, embodied through the technically rigorous social dance forms that were born out of these experiences and that are the physical embodiment of that most powerful, healing Joy.