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Arts & Humanities

Uniting art and community to transform conflicts through original theatrical works, collective creativity, and leadership development for underserved populations. 

Intersection’s Arts and Humanities program employs a unique approach to social justice initiatives. Using a combination of education and artistic expression to frame social issues and establish common ground, we engage and empower those whom we are honored and committed to serve, helping people discover their personal role in creating justice in the world.

We are redefining the role of the arts in manifesting change through three groundbreaking initiatives:

Our Community Outreach Initiative (COI) unleashes potential for success in underserved communities in the NYC-metro area through direct engagement in the visual and performing arts. From preschoolers to teens to senior citizens, COI participants are empowered to carve out their own vision and goals through music, dance, storytelling and the visual arts--in the midst of challenging realities. We have served nearly 5,000 individuals and partnered with over 20 schools and community organizations since we launched COI in 2010. Learn more.

The Dance Collective uses movement as a powerful form of storytelling, drawing on universal human emotions and experiences to create common understanding. The goal is to use dance to create a deeper awareness of ourselves that leads to action on behalf of all people. The Dance Collective works in concert with the COI and the Collegiate Church ministries, providing interactive dance experiences for participants of all ages.

Studio 145 produces podcasts featuring interviews about current affairs through the artistic lens. Meant to start a deeper conversation, Studio 145 promotes creativity in how we think about some of the most pressing issues of our day, and how we might approach them differently and more effectively. Listen to the podcasts.

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Mr. Murray Sams, Jr. is an Army Veteran with six years of service. He joined in 1964 and was stationed in Munich, Germany where he was with the Fifth Battalion, 32nd Armory as a gunner and tank commander. But before his heroic service, the 74 year old was working as an orderly at Hillman Hospital in Alabama on a Sunday morning 55 years ago.

 

It was 10:22am September 15, 1963, when the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL was bombed. Many were hurt, but four little girls lost their lives while in Sunday School. Denise McNair was just 11 years old. Carole Robertson, Addie Mae Collins and Cynthia Wesley were 14 years old. That infamous church bombing was one of the most horrific of the Civil Rights Movement and Mr. Sams was there when the girls were brought into the hospital.

 

It was no surprise the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was targeted. It had been a central meeting place for the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. Following the terrorist attack, it continued as a historic strong hold in the fight for racial justice. Members of the KKK Cahaba Group were eventually convicted in the deadly bombing. Herman Cash was suspected, but died before being prosecuted. Robert Chambliss was convicted in November 1977, Thomas Blanton was convicted in 2000 and Bobby Cherry was ultimately convicted in May 2002.

 

Four little girls died that day 55 years ago, as did two other teenagers when fires and rioting broke out throughout the city of Birmingham. This violent church bombing was a costly, yet pivotal moment in the civil rights struggle.

Mr. Murray Sams, Jr. is an Army Veteran with six years of service. He joined in 1964 and was stationed in Munich, Germany where he was with...

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