Hosted by the Art and Art Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, Conversations Across Cultures is a symposium offered once or twice a year to bring together artists, curators, scholars, educators, social workers and other interested professionals from around the world to consider critical issues of our time. Assuming that solutions to problems are more fully enlightened when tackled through collaboration, each session is tightly focused on a theme/issue of salience inquiring into how we construct new knowledge, engage in new practice and guide each other forward with sensitivity.
This year’s symposium theme, Shaping Priorities: The Arts and Community Engagement explores the role the arts can play in empowering communities and nurturing creative, socially responsible lives at a time of unprecedented social challenges.
The symposium will be held in the Millbank Chapel and the Macy Art Gallery at Teachers College, Columbia University. The Millbank Chapel is located on the first floor of Zankel Hall and the Macy Art Gallery is on the fourth floor of Macy Hall.
Throughout the Symposium weekend, the Macy Art Gallery (Macy 444) will be open and available for Symposium participants to use as an informal meeting room.
For further information, contact Symposium Coordinator, Ayelet Danielle Aldouby at email@example.com or (212) 678-3360
|4:30 pm - 5:30 pm||REGISTRATION & COFFEE outside of Milbank Chapel|
|5:30 pm - 5:45 pm||Welcome & Introductions by Dr. Judith Burton|
|5:45 pm - 6:15 pm||
Pablo Helguera, Artist and Director of Adult and Academic programs at the Museum of Modern Art, New York
Peripatetic Containers: Mobile Social Practice and Audience Engagement
|6:15 pm - 6:45 pm||
Marit Dewhurst, Director of Art Education and Associate Professor of Art and Museum Education at The City College of New York
Humility, Vulernability, and Accountability: Nurturing Relationships in Arts-based Community Engagement
|6:45 pm - 6:50 pm||Closing remarks by Ayelet Danielle Aldouby|
|7:00 pm - 8:00 pm||
Reception in the Macy Art Gallery (Macy Hall 444)
Exhibit on View: Shaping Priorities: The Arts and Community Engagement
An exhibition of activist art-based projects exploring community empowerment and celebrating the centenary of the Harlem Renaissance
Setting the Stage: Artists’ collaborations with communities highlighting, envisioning, mobilizing, and sustaining community projects as new forms of socially engaged educational practice.
|8:30 am - 9:00 am||Coffee & light breakfast in the Macy Art Gallery (Macy Hall 444)|
|9:00 am - 9:15 am||Welcome & Introductions by Dr. Judith Burton|
|9:15 am - 10:15 am||
Lily Yeh, Founder of The Village of the Arts and Humanities, and Barefoot Artists Urban Alchemy, Community
Urban Alchemy, Community Transformation Through Art
Christine Licata, Executive Director of No Longer Empty (NLE)
Artists and Community - A Site Responsive Approach to Social Justice
|10:15 am - 10:30 am||Coffee Break in the Macy Art Gallery (Macy Hall 444)|
Harlem Renaissance Celebration: This year we celebrate the centenary of the Harlem Renaissance, a vital and energetic explosion of artistic practices and ideas which did so much to shape the New York cosmopolitan art world. Celebrating this historical moment is to be reminded that the issues artists confronted of racism, poverty, inequality and injustice have been re-energized within the techno-political climate of today. Over the past six-months, Teachers College visual artists have reached out to the Harlem community and initiated dialogues that reprise issues of concern to them both. Conversations have led to rich and diverse collaborative practices designed to bring public engagement and awareness to life.
Deidre Flowers, Scholar and Educator focused on Black Women in Education
Reflecting on the Harlem Renaissance
Ayelet Danielle Aldouby, Social Practice curator & Ayishah Irvin, Community Activist
Then & Now: A Photographic Harlem Journey (Co-created with artist Maren Hassinger and a 7th grade class at the Teachers College Community School).
Zenzele Z. Johnson, Education Coordinator Teen Curator Program, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library
Engaging Teens in Harlem
Harlem Renaissance Celebration Roundtable, moderated by Dr. Ansley T. Erickson
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The Artists: Socially engaged artists aim to bring social change outside the art world while uniting communities. These artists serve as agents of change as they meditate between form and content, concept and object while addressing community priorities. As they attempt to bridge social differences they hope to affect access to resources and address injustices.
|2:05 pm||Introductions by Ayelet Danielle Aldouby|
|2:15 pm - 2:45 pm||
Jamie Bennett, Executive Director of ArtPlace America
Enlisting Artists as Allies in Equitable Community Development
|2:50 pm - 3:15 pm||
James C. Horton, Director of Social Impact Programs at Carnegie Hall
NeON Arts: Supporting Communities to Shine
|3:15 pm - 3:30 pm||Coffee Break in the Macy Art Gallery (Macy Hall 444)|
Max Frieder, Co-founder and Co-executive Director of Artolution
Artolution: International Community-Based Public Art Education in Emergencies
Delicia Forbes, Community Organizer and Producer, Cape Town, SA, London, UK
The 10 things I learnt about sustainability and the creative process during Community Arts Projects
Che Sabalja and Charles Ugochukwu Onyewuchi, Ed.D students at Teachers College, Columbia University
A School Community Created Through Traditional Ekete Basketry
Sustainability Roundtable on Social Practice and Community Engaged Art, moderated by Ayelet Danielle Aldouby
Coffee and light breakfast will be served at 9:00 am in the Macy Art Gallery (Macy 444), following the start of a workshop led by Dr. Judy Burton and participants in the Shaping Priorities exhibition.