State of the Nation is an annual multidisciplinary arts festival and ocassional series that brings together student, emerging, and professional performing and visual artists who are committed to addressing social, political, and economic issues facing the country.  Co-produced annually in New Orleans, Louisiana and Jackson, Mississippi since 2004, the festivals have presented the work of over three hundred and fifty dancers, musicians, theater artists, poets, painters, sculptors, filmmakers, activists and educators.  Attended by thousands, the festivasl provide an opportunity to showcase projects and participate in workshops.  At its best, State of the Nation stands as a forum for democracy, a space for the free discussion of current affairs.

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