Project 2050 Trailer: The Art of Becoming (2001)

Project 2050 Trailer: The Art of Becoming (2001) HIDVL

One of New WORLD Theater’s artistic legacies is Project 2050, a multi-year youth arts initiative built on the demographic projection that people of color would become the majority in the United States by 2050. The program brought together professional artists, youth communities from Massachusetts, scholars, and community activists to engage civic dialogue and create original performances based on themes that addressed young performers’ dreams and concerns. Performances were created from workshops that included playwriting, poetry, breakdancing, drumming, beat boxing, lyricism, singing, songwriting, stepping, and visual art. This video documentation features Project 2050, giving a detailed explanation of this initiative’s goals. Roberta Uno, founder and artistic director of New WORLD Theater briefly describes the reach of the project, and explains the metaphor – and demographic projection – that in year 2050 people of color will out number white people. The video presents teachers from the program, discussing the future of art, race, and aesthetics. Also, the video showcases artistic works created by youth artists involved with Project 2050. In the summer of 2001, these pieces explored identity politics, immigration, incarceration, exploitation, negotiation, and identification as main topics addressed through artistic and activist work. Young performers and their mentors interpellate industrial projects and community survival, discrimination, solidarity, and heritage narratives. The vitality of the youth art program is felt through student testimonials and it is further related to the necessity to make such program accessible in public schools. As it is highlighted in the credits, all students, artists and scholars, counselors, and staff involved in the project worked together to reach ‘year 2001 and counting….’


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  • Title: Project 2050 Trailer: The Art of Becoming
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Language: English
  • Date: 2001
  • Location: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Type-Format: documentary
  • Credits: Project 2050: A collaboration with youth, artists, scholars and communities, creator ; New WORLD Theater, producer.