#CANTHYDETHEFUTURE is an invitation to imagine our future with reproductive justice. There are no abortion restrictions. There is no abortion stigma. We can plan and construct our families without judgement or a prescribed notion of what family should look like. Our communities are thriving without the threat of oppression or violence. Queer and trans folks and women of color are centered. Sacred lands are preserved. We have justice. We are at peace.
Curated by Megan Smith of the Repeal Hyde Art Project, this series focuses on the power of art as a tool for social transformation and imagination. Megan says: "As we reflect on the Hyde Amendment as reality for the past 40 years, it's also time to think about what a world looks like without it. 40 years is enough. Artists have the tremendous power to explore and envision the potential for new realities. Collectively, in this space, we are saying that our future is one without the threat and weight of oppression, violence, and colonialism. It is instead a place of of connectivity, wholeness, justice, openness, and love."
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#CANTHYDETHEFUTURE is made possible by support from the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund. JOIN US IN BOSTON ON OCTOBER 1 for an evening of art, food, poetry, and music to imagine a future with reproductive justice.
Megan J. Smith is an artist-activist and social worker who is passionate about using art to catalyze social change. In 2011 they founded the Repeal Hyde Art Project to create dialogue about abortion access and interconnected issues. Since then, they have created over 100 shareable graphics and facilitated 30 university-based Repeal Hyde Art Project installations. Megan has designed artwork and materials for organizations like Advocates for Youth, Backline, Ibis Reproductive Health, the National Network of Abortion Funds, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, and Provide. Megan is also the recipient of the 2015 Arts and Healing Network Award for Arts and Social Change. They currently reside in Boston with their partner and their 13 year-old cat, Boxer.
Megan says: "I created this work thinking about capturing the joy, wholeness, and connectivity that a future with justice will bring."