In the two years of working on Project Unbreakable, I never allowed myself to break. I focused on only giving others a voice. I didn’t realize I had allowed my family anguish — and myself — to silence my own.
Hi everyone, it’s Grace. I wrote an article for the Huffington Post yesterday and I wanted to share it with you. It is something I have wanted to talk more about for a long time, but I haven’t had the courage to do so. Thank you to everyone involved in the project for teaching me how to be a little more brave.
To the extent that the word ‘desegregation’ remains in our vocabulary, it describes an antique principle, not a current priority. Today, we are more likely to talk of diversity—but diversification and desegregation are not the same undertaking. To speak of diversity, in light of this country’s history of racial recidivism, is to focus on bringing ethnic variety to largely white institutions, rather than dismantling the structures that made them so white to begin with.
In most respects, it’s like any other musical tournament. But the Sphinx Competition is open only to young black and Latino string players of the highest caliber. Its mission is to groom stars and to change the look and culture of classical music. After a half-century of desegregation in performance, U.S. orchestras are still overwhelmingly white — though increasingly Asian. A mere 4 percent of orchestra members are either African-American or Latino.
I WANT THIS NOW.
I noticed you tagged this “cellos,” but it seems to have a chin rest?
ETA: Someone in the notes is saying it’s actually a viola.
OMG I feel so silly. I have no idea why I tagged it as cello. I didn’t even see the chin rest. I think it’s because I have a cello and I dunno why I thought this was some sort of smaller, superimposed cello when it’s…not. Lol.
*smacks hand* Bad musician. Bad.
If it’s any consolation, my automatic thought was “violin.”
…oh, hell, now I want to start playing again, and it’s been years and it needs new strings.
The film will be released very soon, but in the mean time there will be gif releases daily here - http://makeshapechange.tumblr.com/
The title above was animated by myself and Felix. It was designed by Johnny.
The cognitive scientist in me is perplexed and happy.