This page will share work in socially engaged art that we are researching and/or find relevant to our mission.
James Baldwin’s writing shows the nation’s continued struggle for equality and justice
Founding Story Stitcher Juan William Chavez creates new work:
Somewhere in America Brave New Voices
Roberto Lugo, NCECA 2015 Emerging Artist
In New Orleans: By taking guns off the streets and giving them to artists, Guns in the Hands of Artists brings the conversation into the realm of art; art as means for dialogue.
Ken Burns delivers Call to Action to 2015 Washington U graduates: “Set things right again.”
The Stage at KDHX in Grand Center, Wednesday, May 6
Critical MASS for the Visual Arts
CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS: SOCIAL PRACTICE IN VISUAL ART
Story Stitcher president Susan Colangelo will host a panel on Social Practice in the Visual Arts for Critical MASS. Panelists include Christine Illewski, founder of the FACES Project; Stefani Weedon-Smith, project director for the NCCJ, faculty and member for RAC’s Community Arts Training Institute; Marcis Curtis, artist and activist, involved in the Ferguson protest movement; and Freida Wheaton, owner of Salon 53, founder of the Alliance of Black Art Galleries, curator, and arts advocate.
From the Open Engagement Conference, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA:
On April 18, 2015, 100 artists pledged to spend $10 —1/100th of the entire sum of an arts grant–
at a black-owned business in Pittsburgh, PA, or in their home community, anywhere on earth.
Mississppi Museum of Art’s Project Innovation
Twice a month on Thursday afternoons, fourth and fifth grade students from Project Innovation in Midtown join with the Museum for Artful Afternoons, sponsored by The Walker Foundation. Artist in Residence Daniel Johnson and Director of School Programs Dorian Pridgen facilitate this group to use art as communication and a strategy for achieving goals. All of our young artists helped to define and choose projects for the year and we are in the midst of our first one – Write, Record and Release a song.
1Hood Media Academy is a tool to help young people critically analyze messages, broaden their experience of media, and develop creative skills in creating their own media messages. Media literacy is a means of educating young people on the effects of media societal perception, and more specifically, on how it shapes the way young people view “reality”.
City of Asylum creates a thriving community for writers, readers, and neighbors. We provide sanctuary to endangered literary writers, and offer a broad range of literary programs in a community setting to encourage cross-cultural exchange.
Since March 2013 Mobile Print Power has created public projects in Corona Plaza, Queens, as well as sites in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx. The group has published 5 books, including “Message from Corona Plaza” and “The Flavor of Bilingual Cuisine”. They have exhibited at The New School, Columbia University, and the Queens Museum. They also support local organizations that positively impact their community, assisting them with t-shirt and poster printing.
Arts Greenhouse and Mobile Print Power collaborated to activate the spaces outside and in front of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University during the 2015 Open Engagement Conference. Arts Greenhouse is a group of CMU faculty and students who work with local teens every Saturday during the school year in the University’s music recording studio to help youth develop performance and audio engineering skills. This iphone video shows a few of the teen members performing original works live at the event.
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