Through our work with the American Festival Project, a national coalition of performing arts companies that helps to organize multi-cultural community-based performance festivals, in 1992 we embarked on the Environmental Justice Project. The EJP is designed to build and facilitate a network representing alliances between and among arts and community organizations that are addressing issues of environmental justice, especially those that concern "Cancer Alley". Through these partnerships these groups will create new programs and performing arts works that will serve the mission of each organization, strengthen their capacity for community change, and build new audiences for the performing arts. This project reflects and magnifies all aspects of our program and sets it in the context of the urgent concerns o f our local, regional, and national communities.
"Cancer Alley" is the name given to 90 mile stretch along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans where the pollution is so bad that the incidence of cancer in the area's pollution is said to be higher than anywhere else in the nation.