The World Reimagined is a national art education project said to break ground and transform how we as an audience understands theTransatlantic Slave Trade and the impact it had on all of us.
The national event will be the largest art education programme for racial injustice the UK has ever seen and provides the opportunity the face the history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade with an honest and empathetic mindset. It also plans to celebrate the social, economic, and cultural contribution of Britain’s black communities. As the largest art education programme, the exhibition is expected to be visited by more than750,000.
The event hopes to develop the understanding of local communities on the impact of the trade on their local areas as well as the rest of the city region. The Combined Authority has commented on the exhibition, stating:
“For too long, the history of the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans has been untold, mis taught or misrepresented.
In the UK, we celebrate with pride the trade’s abolition-but the people who were enslaved and their descendants; Britain’s role in the Trade’s creation; and the trade’s devastating legacy are usually missing from how history is told.
The project has been brought to the region by the Combined Authority, which is the main local sponsor and is co-ordinating all activity across the regions six boroughs in August 2022.
The Liverpool City Region is one of se3ven involved across the UK, along with Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, London, and Swansea.”
As well as facilitating dialogues, ten large globes are being placed at locations such as Liverpool Central Library, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, St Helens, Wirral and Sefton amongst more.
The contribution of education from this national event alongside Liverpool City Region further reinforces the region’s plans to become all inclusive and a provider of diversity. Earlier in 2022, the Combined Authority has announced its biggest investment in tackling racial inequality by committing £3.2 million, establishing a Race Equality Hub aiming to removing barriers in the labour market. This will work alongside race equality training for 22,000 Local Authority and Combined Authority staff. The importance of combatting discrimination whilst promoting diversity has a top priority in the region.
Battling discrimination and providing education ultimately supports both residents and outside communities by delivering a city where they can feel safe, represented, and listened to. This leads to natural equal opportunities and pushes Liverpool to the forefront to become the leader of the UK’s diversity and acceptance goals.
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