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Art & Activism

Save the Date! Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at 6 pm

SVA’s Division of Continuing Education is pleased to present its 3rd annual Art & Activism event at the famed SVA Theater, moderated by media personality Valerie Smaldone. This year, we celebrate the power of collectives, performance as political activism, and artistic activations of public space.

A panel discussion will present a collaboration between Sing for Hope, an organization connecting artists, music and the city streets; and the Hetrick-Martin Institute, which provides social services, community, and arts programming to LGBTQ youth. With the support of artist Joan Di Lieto, and illustrator and SVA faculty member Grant Shaffer, youths from HMI’s after-school art program designed and painted a piano, which spent the summer in NYC’s Astor Place Plaza as a functional, accessible artwork for the streets and communities of our city.

Artist, curator, and director of New York City’s Percent for Art Program, Kendal Henry, will discuss the contemporary role of monuments in public spaces, and his work with local communities and She Built to develop 18 new monuments representing women.

Photographer Stacy Arezou Mehrfar’s emotionally rich portraits of demonstrators at marches across New York City after the 2016 election, will be displayed in backlit lightboxes throughout the theater lobby. An excerpt of her large-scale video installation, A Collective Performance will be screened at the start of the evening.

The evening will conclude with a reception featuring performances and KiKi Lounge with youths from HMI. Guests will have the opportunity to work with MOVE, a design collective founded by SVA MFA Products of Design alumni Alexia Cohen, Lassor Feasly and Will Crum, to make quick, fun and customized protest gear in time for the primary season. 

Please visit Eventbrite to RSVP and join our mailing list to get email updates sent to your inbox.

Connect with the SVACE community this fall for one of our many courses designed to enliven and engage your activist spirit as we work together to combat injustice.


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

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