What is that big gold container next to the COA Goldin Center? It’s part of a global project designed to create new perspectives through face-to-face video conversations between people who may never have met. The portal in Milwaukee will connect you with a resident in New Jersey for a video conversation. The project is a collaboration between artist and creator/organizer of the portal program, Amar Bakshi, and major research universities including Yale and Rutgers. Amar Bakshi’s organization Shared Studios states “Our hope is to create a safe space for meaningful dialogues on how people understand their safety, the police, and the system of laws they live within.”
Bakshi went on to say “Shared Studios is honored and excited to be partnering with COA Youth & Family Centers, The Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative and Pepp Nation, among a number of other local groups, to bring the Portal to the Amani community and the broader Milwaukee public. We’re particularly happy to be working alongside so many dynamic community leaders and organizations who ultimately will program the Portal for domestic dialogues on safety and justice, and global dialogues on a wide range of issues.”
Dialogues about criminal justice can be scheduled from 1-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Every twenty minutes a different individual (must be 18 or older) will enter the portal and discuss a subject such as “When you think of Ferguson, what comes to mind?” Or “How would you describe your neighborhood and your relationship with local police to a stranger?” There’s other discussions planned for Tuesdays and Thursdays linking the Milwaukee portal with the rest of the global network, including Nairobi, Afghanistan, Berlin, and many other locales.
Learn more and sign up for your spot at www.sharedstudios.com/milwaukee-portal.html