02 Feb New Ad Campaign Voiced by Poet Organizer Aja Monet Asks “Black Women, Do You Have a Story to Tell?”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, February 02, 2021
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New Ad Campaign Voiced by Poet Organizer Aja Monet Asks
“Black Women, Do You Have a Story to Tell?”:
Campaign Invites Submissions From Black Women Artists & Writers to VOICES,
V-Day’s New Artistic Performance Piece, Led by Monet, to Replace The Vagina Monologues
VOICES, A New Flagship Interdisciplinary Art Campaign For Black Women Directed By Aja Monet, Will Replace The Vagina Monologues in Global V-Day Movement
Today, V-Day, the international nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating violence against women, girls and the planet – founded by The Vagina Monologues playwright V (formerly Eve Ensler) – launched a Spotify ad campaign to invite submissions to VOICES, a new interdisciplinary performance arts project grounded in Black women’s stories. The ads are narrated by Aja Monet, poet, activist and VOICES’ Creative Artistic Director, and will air until February 10.
VOICES seeks to unify the vision of ending violence against women (cis women and trans women) and nonbinary and gender fluid people across the African Continent and African Diaspora, with the goal of using art to embody and inspire solidarity.
LISTEN TO THE AD:
The ad reads:
“Dear Black Women,
Do you have a story to tell?
We are complex, dynamic and fierce.
We are the poets we’ve been waiting for, the very language of difference and magic.
This time demands active listening and our critical storytelling for the world we want to see.
Be the voice of our greatest visions and submit your poems, stories or artwork today at www.visforvoices.com
Selected submissions will receive $1,000 compensation”
“We’re reaching out to Black women artists across the world, inviting submissions of poems, monologues, and songs that will be assembled into a V-Day performance piece in the coming year,” said Aja Monet, Artistic Creative Director of the VOICES campaign.
“The Covid-19 pandemic’s disproportionate impact on communities of color, and the uprising for racial justice in the United States and across the globe has shown the critical importance of amplifying the voices of marginalized communities,” said V, “Our goal with VOICES is to focus on the work, lives and experiences of Black women artists. We encourage anyone interested to participate before the deadline on February 14th.”
The official deadline for VOICES is Sunday, February 14, 2021.
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For 22 years, V-Day has unleashed vast grassroots, anti-violence work on college campuses and in communities – visionary work that has been survivor-led and focused, all the while revealing the power of art and activism to change culture and systems. Founded by V (formerly Eve Ensler), activist and author of the The Vagina Monologues, V-Day has inspired women, men and communities all over the world and raised collective consciousness about how violence and gender intersect. The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works curated by V-Day have been performed across the world by local activists, survivors and artists, raising over $120 million dollars for grassroots anti-violence groups, rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, and safe houses, shattering taboos and changing the way activists make change in their communities.