We See Heaven Upside Down is an evolving multidisciplinary arts project responding to challenges of migration, displacement, and identity in contemporary society. The project has developed into an international creative dialogue, seeking to stimulate further discourse around these issues. The project launched in 2016 and was funded in part by the Government of Germany and the Partnership for Democracy, Berlin. It was produced by Moving Poets Berlin at the Novilla Center for Arts, Berlin, and has since been presented at Ross Galleries at Central Piedmont Community College as the Visual Arts Headliner of the Sensoria Festival 2017. To date, We See Heaven Upside Down has had input from 50 artists, including established and emerging visual artists, acclaimed performers and musicians, distinguished poets and hundreds of students and citizens, local refugee agencies and Native American associations. More than 5,000 visitors have experienced the migrating exhibition, viewed short performances and participated in outreach programs.
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upcoming: May 3 - June 15, 2019 - We See Heaven Upside Down, migration 4
Seven visual artists and one film maker of regional, national and international recognition were chosen for the 6-week exhibition at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art. Additionally, several international composers and musicians have contributed new original music for a live performance turned music installation.
Artistic and Organizational Partner: Moving Poets
Recipient of the 2018 Arts & Science Council Cultural Vision Grant to further develop the project in Charlotte, NC.
Community Partners & Participants:
Special thanks to:
Moving Poets patrons/supporters
Shane Baskin Photography/ Black Box Productions
Heather Speer Harper
Linda and Mitch Bollag
Kunst am Spreeknie Arts Festival,
Arts & Science Council Regional Artist Project Grant in conjunction with arts councils in Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Union and York (S.C.) counties, and with the support of the North Carolina Arts Council (NCAC) and Blumenthal Emerging Artists Endowment
Funding for the project in Berlin is made possible in part by:
German Federal Ministry for Families, Seniors, Women and Youth
German Federal Program for Democracy Lives
The Partnership for Democracy, Schöneweide
More info to come.