Into Action, a week long social justice festival, took place in Los Angeles from January 13-21. The festival featured all mediums of art, from physical installations to music performances from artists across the country. As stated on their website, Into Action is “a celebration of community power and cultural resistance.” In addition to art, the festival also featured panels and workshops on topics such as prison reform, homelessness, food justice and many more. Highlights included a Teen Town Hall with youth from Get Lit, Healing Workshop with Shamell Bell, and a discussion on the US criminal justice system with John Legend. Overall the week-long event was thought-provoking, moving and inspiring to be surrounded by so many amazing artists, and change makers. However, I can’t help but be left with the question of who this event is reaching, people who need to be educated on social justice and artivism, and is not just filled with a group of like-minded people agreeing with each other. Would it be more effective to use the money put into this event to instead fund actions, such as creating homes for the homeless or providing legal council for Dreamers? That being said, I believe it is extremely important to give all artists, especially those speaking on social justice issues, the opportunity and funding to showcase their art, and Into Action definitely provided that platform.
Check out some of our favorite art pieces and moments below
Find out more about Into Action at into-action.org/us