In Our DNA: Arts, Activism and Black Cleveland

Photograph of a young Black woman gluing posters that read \"Resistance is our DNA\" onto the side of a building

Shooting Without Bullets (SWB) incubates young artist activists and eliminates systemic barriers in art and society for Black and Brown youth, all while spreading bold messages of justice and equity across Northeast Ohio and beyond. "In Our DNA," their new public art initiative, uplifts Cleveland’s Black history to catalyze present and future racial equity, social justice, and civic engagement efforts across Cleveland communities. It values the trailblazing contributions of historic Black Clevelanders — their leadership, intellect, ethics, creativity, determination, and resistance — and envisions Cleveland as a model city for social transformation with Black and Brown residents leading the way.

SWB Directors Amanda D. King and Kelsi Carter will discuss how artists, activists and community organizers have collaborated in Cleveland’s Black history and how “In Our DNA” compares to similar artistic activism of the past and present. Powerful visuals and a focus on resistance, civics and faith will be woven throughout the virtual presentation on Thursday, March 11, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Register for the event on the Schubert Center for Child Studies website.

This event is co-sponsored by the Schubert Center for Child Studies, Department of Art and Art History, Department of Political Science and the Provost Scholars, with additional support from the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee.