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Beyond Sims: Community Conversation

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The Committee to Empower Voices for Healing and Equity is organizing a creative and artful conversation to envision the future of the now empty pedestal on 103 rd street and 5 th avenue where the statue of J. Marion Sims once stood. What does this future monument mean for the individual, for the community, and for the future? We seek to ground the conversation in historical and emotional understanding of the legacy of Dr. Sims in terms of reproductive justice, health equity, and racial justice and aim to move towards a vision for the future where we have access to care and autonomy over our own bodies. What do we want to see that moves this moment forward?

Ultimately, this intergenerational conversation will generate creative expressions – words, drawings, movement – that will be shared with a group of five artists that are finalists for the commission to replace the statue of Dr. Marion Sims. The artists will be given these materials as the source material for their conceptual proposals.

Ebony will serve as a core facilitator for the conversation.