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In 2021, we welcomed creatives Tara Betts and Renaldo Hudson as our inaugural “Poet/Artist for the People” Practitioner Fellows, a new fellowship co-hosted by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture and the Pozen Center Human Rights Lab at the University of Chicago. 

Their fellowships culminated in  an exhibition, Truth and Beauty in the Hard Places at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, January 27 - April 1, 2022. The works featured in Truth and Beauty excavated the brokenness and resilience evident in our shared humanity.

In these artist videos created by our friends at On The Real Film, Renaldo and Tara reflect on their time as Practitioner Fellows and describe their artistic journeys, inspirations, and freedom dreams. We hope you enjoy watching them.


Renaldo Hudson, 2021 Artist for the People Practitioner Fellow

CSRPC + Human Rights Lab : Renaldo Hudson - Artist For The People from On The Real Film on Vimeo.

Tara Betts, 2021 Poet for the People Practitioner Fellow 

CSRPC + Human Rights Lab : Tara Betts - Poet For The People from On The Real Film on Vimeo.

Practitioner Fellows are supported in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Centering Race Consortium, a partnership between Brown University, Stanford University, UChicago, and Yale University to center the study of race in the arts and humanities.