Artists Wielding Words and Images: Art as a Social Change Agent
Artists Wielding Words and Images is a collaborative project of Maine Media Workshops + College, USM’s Stonecoast MFA, and Your Write Mind that addresses the role of art as an agent of social agent. This kickoff event begins with a panel of artists who will share the challenges they faced when seeking to communicate social issues in a way that opens hearts and minds. Breakout sessions follow the panel to provide participants with an experience of exploring how their own creativity can influence social change.
The panel features :
Martha Rial whose photography documenting the lives of survivors of genocide was honored with the Pulitzer prize.
D. M. Witman whose photographs visibly demonstrate the effects of climate change.
Donna Loring whose work and writing produced legislation that provides education to Maine schoolchildren on Native American History and Culture.
Ellen Meeropol whose novels address the emotional costs of political activism.
Shonna Humphrey whose essay helped curtail distribution of a major motion picture that sanitized a culture of child sexual abuse in a prestigious boychoir school.
The breakout sessions will be led by sculptor Asherah Cinnamon, photographer-writer Helen Peppe and the King Fellows, Greater Portland area high school students working to advance racial equity and social justice through activism and creative writing.
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Photograph: © Martha Rial / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette