Art for Social Change Opening Reception

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Art for Social Change Opening Reception

An art exhibit about body autonomy and the need for social change

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42 Wendell Ave 42 Wendell Avenue Pittsfield, MA 01201

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  • 2 hours
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Exhibit, Reception & Artists Talk

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 4th from 1-3 pm

Artists Talk: Sunday, February 12th from 12-1 pm

The Whitney Center for the Arts

42 Wendell Ave Pittsfield

Art for Social Change is a community art exhibit about body autonomy and the need for social change. The exhibit is a culmination of a community project with the Arts in Recovery for Youth (AIRY) arts-based youth suicide prevention program, in collaboration with twenty participating members of the community, and guest artists, Maleek Adams Powell, Raymond Brown, Misa Chappell, Katy Holt and Marney Schorr. The focus of this project is on using the arts to shift cultural perceptions and promote social change about body autonomy and choice. Featured works of art highlight topics such as the right to a safe and legal abortion, reproductive health care rights for all genders, gender identity and expression, race, social class, consent, empowerment and body image.

On view in the gallery from February 4 - March 3, 2023, will be Adams Maleek Powell’s graffiti art with a focus on human rights and Raymond Brown’s series of political charcoal drawings mounted on canvas depicting personal and social injustices from an anarcho-communist perspective. Misa Chappell will display a series of body empowerment altars - small devotional assemblages featuring embellished goddesses and madonnas alongside miniatures. Marney Schorr will showcase works from her new body autonomy series - large scale paintings and assemblages featuring ready mades to help depict the emotional experience of being overpowered due to gender. In her work, Schorr addresses topics such as sexual assault, the history of womens rights, marginalized communities, and state and federal laws about gender and abortion rights.

More art on view from participating artists include teens and young adults from the AIRY program: Rachael Bentz, Molly Harrington, Jalencia Melendez, Jaden Ouelette and Keegan Ouelette, as well as community artists Barbara Baker, Alicia Canary, Deak Hotaling, Kaia Jackson, Peggy Morse, Tina Wallin, and other artists to be named.

The exhibit is curated by Misa Chappell. For more information, please contact Misa at Gallery hours: Saturdays February 11, 18 and 25, from 12 to 4 pm.

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