Darryl Harrison | Urban Jali

Where Is Your Father (Spoken Word Docu-Drama & Workshop)
Artistic Discipline: Performing Arts
Category: Creative Equations Fund: Justice, Equity, & Sustainability
Grant Year: 2023
Location: Crown Heights

Darryl Harrison is a visual artist, poet and documentarian using his platform in order to convey critical stories of the present time and create soluble action. The Where Is Your Father project humanizes a family’s experience based on a true story through the eyes of a Black Father. It highlights the impact of negative stereotypes about Black Fatherhood in relation to decisions made in the New York Family Court System. It also examines the mindset of parents before they’ve petitioned for the involvement of the court. Through spoken word and experimental theatre this multi-sensory approach demonstrates how these stereotypes are internalized into American social-culture and often blindly subscribed to by many, including members of the Black family. For this matter education and resources on navigating the New York Family Court system will be administered to families in need. Darryl seeks to share perspective that may strengthen family structure, communication and co-parenting dynamics. This is part of the Know Thy Neighbor, Know Thy Story platform 4th annual event hosted by Darryl Harrison of Urban Jali. It is supported by the Hampton-Sterling-Virginia-Kingston Block Association, The Real Dads Network and a plethora of neighbors, family and benefactors cross generations and ethnicities.