Through a panel of presenters and open discussion we will examine the role arts and creative practices can have in creating a more equitable and just community.
Questions we’ll explore:
– What role does and can the arts and creative practices play in supporting an equitable society?
– Why are the arts uniquely positioned to do this?
– What does it mean when this is not present?
– What things can artists and communities do activate the arts to support equity issues?
Fari Nzinga – Createquity (http://createquity.com/) Fari earned both her M.A. and Ph.D in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University. She has been living in New Orleans since 2009, where she conducted her dissertation research on Black-led arts organizations and community rebuilding in the post-Katrina historical moment. In addition to nursing her literary aspirations, Fari is an emerging curator and an adjunct professor at Bard Early College in New Orleans where she teaches a course on contemporary visual art; and is co-founder of the Color BLOC, an information and resource-sharing platform for the professional advancement of New Orleans-based artists and arts professionals of color. She also sits on the editorial team of Createquity, a think tank and online publication platform that investigates the most important issues in the arts and what we, collectively and individually, can do about them.
Robert Negron – Indy Convergence (http://www.indyconvergence.org/) Robert is an actor, playwright and martial artist, he trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and South Coast Repertory Professional Conservatory. He has also trained at with The Antaeus Academy, A.C.T. Summer Conservatory, CSU Summer Arts Conservatory, Coronado School of the Arts and interned at The La Jolla Playhouse. He has worked in such theaters as the Rubicon Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Boston Court, Old Globe Theatre and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Robert produced an adaptation of the book Into the Wild called Beautiful Blueberries 142 as a Black Swan project at OSF in 2007. Robert is International Programs Liason The Sa-K-La-K-Wel (SLW) Community Center in Jacmel, Haiti and spends part of each year as a resident arts instructor in Jacmel. In 2013 Robert attended the Earthship Academy in Taos, NM and is the build director of SLW Earthship build. In L.A. and San Diego Robert teaches classes including Acting for Dancers, Acting for the Camera, Acting Professionally and numerous Shakespeare workshops. Robert was the 1999 recipient of the Emerging Young Artist award.
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Speaker to be announced.
This is the 9th installment in Equity in Action a community discussion series hosted by Spirit & Place and Kheprw Institute. Learn more about the full series at http://equity.kheprw.org/
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