ENTERTAIN CHANGE @ ARRAY HQ!
BY LACI DENT
ARRAY HQ, our new creative campus centering on inclusive film distribution, content creation and art-driven programming, hosted New York based philanthropic think tank, Pop Culture Collaborative, for two days of engagement. In attendance at the event entitled “Entertain Change,” were influential artists, activists, strategists, researchers and philanthropists in entertainment and the art world at large.
On day one, ARRAY founder and filmmaker, Ava DuVernay embraced the crowd of 100+ guests with welcoming words. “I’m about to cry, it’s been a long time coming,” she opened, speaking to the years of arduous work it took to bring the dream of an ARRAY creative campus to fruition.
Giant grass-covered furniture, canopy string lights and immersive games constructed within the campus as art installations designed by experimental artist Mikhael Tara Garver greeted guests upon entry. The gathering was moderated by author, facilitator and advisor, Priya Parker, who encouraged guests to ponder collectively on issues facing their work in various areas of storytelling.
Many of the participants made a point to comment on the uniqueness and importance of ARRAY HQ. One testimonial especially impactful was from Shawn Taylor, writer, lecturer and Afrofuturism scholar. “The ARRAY campus is a magical place. It’s stunning. Kudos to Ava and her team for opening a spot where artists can thrive.”