Indigenous people have suffered from historic injustices due to colonization, dispossession of their lands, and deprivation of resources. For thousands of years before the creation of sovereign states by European migrants to the Western Hemisphere, indigenous people traded, traveled across, and lived throughout the lands now divided by international borders. Amplifier calls for official recognition of the right of indigenous people to move across the borders which they traversed historically.
Amplifier will propose a series of initiatives that aim to use emerging ideas, media, design, and aesthetic strategies to raise the visibility of alternative political and economic frameworks, and advance institutional transformation.
The project documents and amplifies the many ways local residents, businesses and institutions are transforming Flint.
Amplifier’s board of directors met weekly during the spring and summer of 2020 to reevaluate its mission and programs based on their experiences in Flint, Michigan; Newburgh, New York; and Callicoon, New York.
“Amplifier spun off the Flint Public Art Project as a separate group in 2018. Its board has been meeting since just before the Covid crisis to determine how to proceed. The problems it identified have only been exacerbated by the pandemic — a failure of institutions, disinformation, and distrust that calls even basic facts into question.”
A large-scale public art festival that temporarily reclaims the former Flint-Chevy manufacturing site.