We reached out to some of the artists who have worked with us this year to ask them what they are thankful for. As we wind down the tumultuous 2016, taking time to find gratitude is more important than ever. Please feel free to add what you are thankful for in the comments. We at Azuka are certainly grateful to be surrounded by such a fierce group of artists.
"I'm thankful for the water protectors at the Oceti Sakowin camp who last night were maced, tear gassed, shot with rubber bullets and hosed for hours in 23 degree weather. I'm thankful for the people who streamed it when no media was covering it. I'm thankful for the six women who chained themselves to TD Bank this morning in protest of this attack on peaceful civilians, holding signs that demanded TD divest their support of the Dakota Access Pipeline. I'm thankful that they offered their bodies up for arrest because they care this much about human rights in America, which include right to protest, right to clean water, right to be free from fear. I'm thankful for to the water protectors who are healing their bodies in the hospital after withstanding hours of attack, and I am thankful for the doctors who have taken oaths to care for them regardless of their political beliefs.
Also grateful for Sophia Wilansky, former Headlong Performance Institute student, who was critically injured in the militarized police attack on the 20th when struck directly in the arm by a concussion grenade on the front lines of the Bridge. She is in a Minneapolis hospital now with her family."
- MARY TUOMANEN