Project Title: Diasporic African Dream Anthology (DADA) Tour
About the Project: Diasporic African Dream Anthology, or DADA, is a digital exhibition and ceremony space of visual, literary, and oral history weaving of Indigenous African dream practices moving through time, space, and diaspora, offering refuge, solace, and solutions to our present experiences. Beginning in January 2020, a call for submissions was released and 10 juried artists were accepted into the anthology’s first volume. The artists’ work has been curated into a digital anthology and the work will embark on a national touring exhibition that is both virtual and locally based. DADA reminds us ALL of the power of the African dreamers in diasporic communities who are still holding their/our connection to the continent of Africa, while simultaneously being immersed in the new lands where we have made home. Funded by NBAF, curated and digitally displayed in 2020, the Diasporic African Dream Anthology (DADA) will now have a three-event tour including (1) an online digital opening ceremony, (2) an exhibition in Pittsburgh, PA in collaboration with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Western Psychology Psychiatric Hospital and a Garden of Peace, and (3) an exhibition, reading list and library kit in collaboration with a Milwaukee Public Library and local organizers. DADA offers a way to dream practically and simply while experiencing artist’s renditions of the complexities of our dreams. The DADA Tour will also allow Black audiences members to share about their dreams in a public and affirming setting.