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The Austin Project

Jun 23, 2010

Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic
Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project

Edited by Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Dr. Lisa L. Moore, and Sharon Bridgforth
University of Texas Press

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Kariotis says, "An excerpt from SAY LOGOS SAY WORD is in this newly published ground-breaking facilitation manual and anthology. It is an artifact. Not only did I learn how to be a better artist, but it helped inform my commitment to work with and from within the community."

In Austin, Texas, in 2002, a group of artists, activists, and academics led by performance studies scholar Omi Osun Joni L. Jones formed the Austin Project (tAP), which meets annually in order to provide a space for women of color and their allies to build relationships based on trust, creativity, and commitment to social justice by working together to write and perform work in the jazz aesthetic.  Led by Lambda-Award-winning writer Sharon Bridgforth, tAP launched new artistic careers, activist projects, and academic programs all over the country.

Inspired by this experience, this book is both an anthology of new writing and a sourcebook for those who would like to use creative writing and performance to energize their artistic, scholarly, and activist practices. Theoretical and historical essays by Omi Osun Joni L. Jones describe and define the African American tradition of art-making known as the jazz aesthetic, and explain how her own work in this tradition inspired her to start tAP.  For more about The Austin Project go to: