Episode 6 of Art Beat Conversations featured artist Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski. In our conversation, DeJesus Moleski speaks about another side of her artistry, her digital work for organizations like the Brown Boi Project and Strong Families.
These organizations focus on equality for all human beings and families. I wanted to include more information on the Brown Boi Project and Strong Families along with some of the vibrant and inspiring imagery Amaryllis has done for them. I hope that seeing this use of activated art for equality will inspire you to look further into the work these projects are doing and help spread a better understanding of the many resources that exist for all families.
The Brown Boi Project mission statement:
The Brown Boi Project is a community of people working across race and gender to eradicate sexism, homophobia and transphobia and create healthy frameworks of masculinity and change. We invite you to join us!
We work for Gender Justice, which means we are not satisfied with the traditional expectations of masculinity and femininity; they tend to box us in and make embodying femininity negative in our culture. Instead, we are fighting with others to build healthy and affirming ideas around gender. We are talking about our responsibilities and privilege as masculine people, and we are working hard to change the power dynamics in our relationships, families, and communities. We believe that by investing in the lives of feminine-identified people - especially womyn, girls, and trans folks - we will shift the balance of power. We are striving for the day when all brown bois can embody non-oppressive masculinities rooted in honor, community, and empowerment of others.
Strong Families is a home for the four out of five people in the United States who do not live behind the proverbial picket fence – whose lives fall outside the outdated notion that a family consists of a mom at home and a dad at work. While that life has never been the reality for most of our families, too many of the policies that affect us are based on this fantasy. From a lack of affordable childcare and afterschool programs, to immigration policy and marriage equality, the way we make policy and allocate resources needs to catch up to the way we live.