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THE JUDSON ARTS WEDNESDAYS HUMANIFESTO

 

Art can be prophetic.

We believe that artists have the potential to serve as modern-day prophets and that the art they create shows us where we’ve been, who we are, and what we can become, thereby nudging us toward collaborative horizons.

Art can be useless.

We believe that art is an end in itself that need not exhibit any “value” beyond its simple and profound existence as an authentic and ecstatic creative offering by an authentic, ecstatic, and creative human being.

Art can be sacred.

We believe that art brings us together and invites us to ritualize our everyday lives, that it allows us to stop, explore, reevaluate, and change, and that it is expressly not-for-profit through the mere fact that it is often counterproductive, inefficient, and unquantifiable.

Art can be irreverent.

We believe that art works best when it doesn’t take itself too seriously, welcomes failure with joy, and gives voice to the silly, the foolish, the terrified, the damaged, and the outcast (meaning all of us).

Art can be easy.

We believe that art should be made anywhere, at any time, by and with anyone and anything, and that it can be simpler than we often make it to gather and playfully explore and explode the space between sacredness and irreverence.

Art can be enough.

We believe that art is, at its absolute best, simply storytelling, that we tell ourselves stories in order to live, that encountering one another’s stories can disrupt our own assumptions and shape our continuing commitment to collective liberation, and that this makes art absolutely, without a doubt, and without any qualifications, enough.

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