Art as Activism and Medicine

4:45 PM  - 6:00 PM
Monday Apr 17, 2017
Smail Gallery, Olin-Rice Science Center

Join Ricardo Morales, Minneapolis-based artist,  activist, and organizor, as he discusses the uses of art – as a form of storytelling – in the lives of individuals, communities and social movements in the building of collective power and the healing of collective and personal trauma. He will use examples from his own art and experiences to demonstrate effective applications of this approach.

Ricardo Levins Morales describes himself as a “healer and trickster organizer disguised as an artist.” He was born into the anti-colonial movement in his native Puerto Rico and was drawn into activism in Chicago when his family moved there in 1967. This activism has included support work for the Black Panthers and Young Lords to participating in or acting in solidarity with farmers, environmental, labor, racial justice and peace movements. Increasingly he has come to see his art and organizing practices as means to address individual, collective and historical trauma. His art has won numerous awards but the greatest affirmation is the uses to which is has been put by grassroots movements and communities.

This event is for: Alumni, Students, Staff, Faculty, Parents and Families and Public

Admission: Free

Sponsored By: Adelante!, Art and Art History, Multicultural Life (Dept. of), Sustainability Office

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