TRANSFORMING STREETS INTO
PUBLIC, PERFORMATIVE AND EQUITABLE
SPACES THROUGH THE ARTS
What is the DSI?
The Diverse Streets Initiative is a community led collective, which aims to promote equity and propel the voices of people of color of all ages, orientation and creed by utilizing public spaces to: host conversations, therapeutic and cultural events; and exhibit art shows, works, historical pieces etc.
Why use Streets?
Streets are publically shared property which are operated by the city. Thanks to COVID-19, we've seen our streets transformed into spaces for: eating (Open Restaurants); play (Play Streets), to cool down (Cool Streets) and to protest for historical change. We aspire to keep the momentum going, and want to claim back streets as citizens of our city. But, we cannot do it alone and must follow the framework of the infrastructure put in place of our cities.
The internet is one of the only outlets for people of color--but, we have an opportunity to make the streets a platform for them. However, we must recognize that not all streets were created equally.
Lets's utilize our Open-Streets to learn about and to push for equity!
Why the arts?
The Diverse Streets Initiative recognizes that the arts were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. In solidarity with, and as an advocate for the arts, we believe that the arts is an integral medium that makes our communities thrive. The arts serves as a bridge between education and expression, as it also acts as a vehicle for activism and change.