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Art & Activism

Art and activism go hand in hand. From social documentary to renegade design, critical thinking and close attention to the spirit of the times make up the artist-citizen toolkit. In response to the unfolding stories of our present, artistic expression is both an archive of our times and a projection of possible futures. Together, we celebrate the radical practices of creatives across the globe working to combat injustice.

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Together, we celebrate the radical practices of creatives across the globe working to combat injustice.


Please join us on September 5th for our second annual Art & Activism event at SVA Theatre, presented by School of Visual Arts, Division of Continuing Education. 


Five celebrated artists across various disciplines will appear and talk about their particular form of Art & Activism as it relates to social justice.


Announcing this year’s speakers: Comedians Scott Blakeman and Negin Farsad from Stand Up for Peace, a performance based organization promoting conflict resolution through comedy.  Photojournalist Kathy Shorr, author of SHOT:101 Survivors of Gun Violence, which focuses attention on the stories of those whose lives have been forever changed by the trauma they experienced. And Writer Jake Halpern and illustrator Michael Sloan, Pulitzer Prize-winners for “Welcome to the New World,” a visual narrative of a Syrian refugee family’s desperate journey to America.


Hosted by Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone


Plus, prior to the event, artist Andrew Castrucci will conduct a silkscreening demonstration of an image illustrating the escalating opioid crisis in New York. And featuring  the work of portrait photographer Tiffany Smith in the lobby.


Free Admission


Doors open at 6 PM, presentation begins at 6:30-8:30 PM, reception to follow.


Please visit eventbrite for free tickets to this event.


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