Artists, designers, curators, scholars, and art facilitators recognize that cultural initiatives need to respond with agility and alacrity to the realities of inequity, in all of its forms. How those responses are enacted is a more complex set of questions. This online conference focuses on the political potentials of care and compassion as practiced in the arts. Participants will reflect on the differences between hearing and actively listening, and between speaking with and speaking to, in a variety of art-centered exchanges.

How can we amplify inclusive, polyphonic narratives based on lived experiences, instead of the perceived authority of academic or fine arts expertise? How do art workers conceive of their role as facilitation for collaborations and conversations about justice taking place outside cultural institutions? Over two online sessions, we explore creative, curatorial and activist projects focused on BIPOC voices, toppling hierarchies, reimagining history, and centering the stories of historically marginalized authors and creators.  Hear more about cultural initiatives locally and internationally—making change now.

Participants: Lorena Ancona, Chloë Bass, Anita N. Bateman, Terrance Chism, Steven Diggs, Sarah K. Khan, Laura Raicovich, Laurie Jo Reynolds, Gregory Sholette, Lorén M. Spears, Laura Osorio Sunnucks, Will Wilson, Tanekeya Word.

Watch a recording of Friday 10.22.21. 2 pm – 5:30 pm
Watch a recording of Saturday 10.23.21. 10:30 am-2 pm

Pass the Mic! Create. Curate. Care is presented by the Evelyn Danzig Haas ’39 Visiting Artists Program at Wheaton College, MA. Organizers are Claudia Fieo, Elizabeth Hoy, Ellen McBreen, Kim Miller, Leah Niederstadt, and Shaya Gregory Poku.

Campus Partners are the Department of Visual Art and the History of Art, DEAL (Diversity, Equity & Access Leadership; Co-chairs Raquel Ramos and Brenda Wyss), Office of the Arts, Office of the Provost, Wheaton College Permanent Collection, the Beard and Weil Galleries, African, African American Diaspora Studies, and the ARTHive Revue.

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