LIVE April 28th 5:30-8pm and April 29th 12:30-3pm! The Men's Story Project: LIVE at SLU will feature men from St Louis University and the broader St Louis community sharing stories about the ways that masculine expectations have affected their lives.
This Live event is FREE to the public and any donations will go to Safe Connections to support their work in ending domestic violence and sexual assault.
The Men's Story Project is a bold arts and community dialogue project examining social ideas about masculinity, using the arts as a vehicle for community-building and social change. It highlights men's stories that are less often heard; breaks silences on issues including sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia and violence – and ways in which these interconnect with social ideas about masculinity; to celebrate men’s beauty and strength. It stimulates discussion on what being a male human being today can be all about. The ultimate goal of this replicable project is to help expand the presence of genuine self-expression, health, peace, and social justice in communities.
Topics to be addressed in the production include friendship between men; relationships with fathers and other family members; images of African American masculinity; sexuality and gender identity; fatherhood; transgender identity; homophobia and religion; drugs and alcohol use, challenging racism; being allies to the #metoo movement, speaking up and against domestic violence and sexual assault, and more. Presenters are local artists and activists, SLU students and professors and most are men who have never spoken publicly before. The presentation will be followed by audience discussion.