Dante and I are honored to be creating an interactive installation titled One and All at the Indianapolis Museum of Art for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 20, 2014.
As we were having our initial design conversations I read King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” several times.
The following passage struck me deeply and inspired the title of our piece:
“Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.”
Our community is shaped by what each of us contributes, receives, and experiences. Each piece, no matter how small, matters. One and All invites people to share small beauties in order to create a larger work for MLK Day. The work will evolve throughout the day as people add, subtract, and change small pieces.
It is our hope that by documenting what we love and the good that defines our communities, we can explore our interrelatedness and strengthen our network of mutuality. That justice in any one place can inspire justice in all places.
Over the next few months we will be collecting photographs of things we love, things that inspire us, things that make our communities better. Dante and I will use those images to create a larger piece that will be exhibited at the IMA on MLK Day.
1) Take a picture of something you love and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 16, 2013.
2) Mark January 20, 2014 on your calendar. Come to the IMA on that day to view and interact with One and All.