For C.J. is a new multimedia dance ensemble piece investigating the asthma-related issues people of color from the inner cities face. It seeks to create awareness of such issues and provide tools to combat them, as well as was honor the life of Davalois Fearon's nephew, a young man who fell victim to an avoidable fatal asthma attack.
The For C.J. Initiative addresses systemic medical and environmental negligence with a twofold approach that incorporates arts and community. I plan to create a dance piece that celebrates C.J.’s life and tells his story through movement, live music, and visual arts. Asthma awareness events will feature excerpts of For C.J. followed by panel discussions about asthma and various environmental and medical resources.
These events will be done in partnership with the support of organizations such as Restoration Arts, Bronx Council on the Arts, Pentacle, and local asthma organization in each location For C.J. is performed. This combination of art and community will not only honor the life of my nephew, but also draw people together so that we can build a support network, provide resources, and help prevent more unnecessary deaths.