Dear America is a cultural initiative founded in 2017 that provides a platform for artists of all genres to express their views of America.
Public events and programs will be held across the United States using the power of words and music to open up discussion and to underscore that this country is defined by the many and not by the few.
06.11.18 DEAR AMERICA: ISOLATION kicks off opening night of the Brooklyn Public Library’s ‘Democracy Lab’, a weeklong collection of community events and workshops that aims to promote civic engagement. Taking place in an inflatable dome designed by Raumlaborberlin to be set up in Grand Army Plaza’s notable arch.
RACHEL AVIV, New Yorker Writer
MOSAB HAMID, Teenage Activist
IAN MANUEL, Poet & Criminal Justice Activist
ELIO VILLAFRANCA, Jazz Pianist
JENNIE LIVINGSTON, Filmmaker
09.16.17 FROM THE INSIDE OUT: AMERICA’S BROKEN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, a co-production with the Brooklyn Book Festival and The Forum at St. Ann’s
YUSEF SALAAM, one of five wrongly accused labeled the “Central Park Five”
MARLON PETERSON, writer/host of Decarcerated
HEATHER ANN THOMPSON, historian/ activist
JAMES FORMAN JR, public defender/author
with an introduction by writer/performer MILES HODGES
04.13.17 DEAR AMERICA, BENEFIT CONCERT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS at Webster Hall
REGINA SPEKTOR, Grammy nominee
AMANDA PALMER, musician and performance artist
ELVIS PERKINS, musician
JOHN FORTÉ of the Fugees
JULIA BULLOCK, soprano
SUSAN MINOT and A.M. HOMES, novelists
ANAND GIRIDHARADAS, journalist and TEDx speaker
MARIA POPOVA, creator of "Brain Pickings"
MARK WARREN, magazine editor and writer
EKOW YANKAH, lawyer/activist
MATTHIEU AIKINS, war correspondent
Jessica Strand is a writer and cultural programmer and producer. At The New York Public Library, she produced extensive programming involving the libraries collections, outside partnerships, and created a marquee show Books at Noon.
Mary Recine is an award-winning producer of documentary films, television and cultural programs. She recently produced the Netflix original documentary Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold.