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Dance for Social Change

Many of you know I believe in the intersection of art and democracy, having incorporated into the City Council committee meetings I chair poetry readings and film excerpts from local artists.

I’d like you to know about another effort combining art and social change being mounted by a project I recently learned of called Dance the Dream Seattle.

dance dreamDance the Dream Seattle is part of a worldwide series of music/dance tributes produced by Karz Productions in partnership with the United Nations, UNESCO, Americans for the Arts, Dance/USA, and National Dance Education Organization, among others. It culminates in February of 2015 with a worldwide television event hosted by over 30 cities. The Allied Arts Foundation and the Seattle Center will host the event on July 1st in Seattle.

It also involves a worldwide flash mob dance taking place through September 21, 2014, International Day of Peace, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech.

MLK speaking

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The mission of Dance the Dream is to create a shared life-affirming experience that galvanizes global solidarity for overcoming division and solving problems. It is about people from every corner of the planet coming together in Dr. King’s “symphony of brotherhood” to inaugurate a new era of progress and possibility; about building stronger communities based on mutual understanding and respect; and about inspiring and empowering the next generation to follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther King, Jr. by making our world a better place.Dance the Dream is a sponsored 501c3 project of the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Check out their trailer on Vimeo. And here is their “My Dream” Facebook public service announcement video produced with Mayor Ed Murray.

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