What does it look like when a entrepreneurial enterprise is also a community hub? What happens when independent artists and artisans are prioritized over fast fashion? EricWilliams is the Owner and Creative Director of The Silver Room, a retail, events and community space on Chicago's South side. Eric has made his business by developing an involved, socially conscious, fashion forward community.
This talk spotlights Youth in Action's dedication to participatory learning through mapping and relocalization projects that invite youth to use maps to better understand themselves and their communities. A map holds a unique narrative that has no predetermined beginning, and it’s this nature that lends itself to the honest, participatory experience of locating oneself.
Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock are conceptual artists based in Berlin. Their dialogical work is shaped around art, science and social science; their field of inquiry is focused on how to create platforms for diverse creative activities and new forms of expression in unlikely places. Their multi-media methodology refers to traditional artistic formats and rituals, but also encourages public interaction and engagement.
How can we actively engage and learn from new audiences that have traditionally been underserved by museums and other cultural institutions? Danielle Linzer will share case studies from both The Andy Warhol Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art, offering insights into the challenges, successes, and opportunities of community-based museum work. The discussion will offer strategies for building connections with new audiences and a vision for a more inclusive future for the field.
The Indigenous Empowerment Network was developed by Lorén Spears, Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum, to promote Indigenous initiatives around education, job training, cultural arts, and entrepreneurship. She will share how the museum’s exhibits, programs and tours promote empowerment by sharing Indigenous perspectives, untold histories and contemporary issues across “Indian Country.”
The enduring influence of George Gershwin’s work is explored in this FirstWorks Creative Conversation with journalist and jazz critic Larry Blumenfeld, bassist, composer and producer Melvin Gibbs and saxophonist, composer and arranger Russ Gershon. Their conversation delves into the relationship between Gershwin’s music — including his controversial 1935 opera “Porgy and Bess” and his iconic 1924 composition "Rhapsody in Blue"— and African American music and culture.
Broadway property last occupied by the Tirocchi sisters and the couture design business that they ran from the location from 1915 to 1947. The renovation will develop artist in residence quarters which will complement the feminist residency program and facilities at the Dirt Palace's current location in Olneyville Square.
This presentation explores at least three related but separate levels of memory-making with regard to the incarceration of 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry during WWII. First, the official US Government positions. Second, mainstream media and historical treatments.
What does it mean for a state-run public history institution to insert social justice into their exhibitions and programming? Join Margaret Koch, Deputy Director, and Kate Betz, Head of Education and Interpretation, from the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas, for a presentation and conversation about the museum’s efforts to explore the nuanced topics of race, ethnicity, class, and gender throughout Texas history.
Alan Nakagawa discusses Peace Resonance; Hiroshima/ Wendover, a sound-based semi-autobiographical work that combines the interior ambiance of the Hiroshima Atomic Dome and the Wendover Hangar to explore ideas about peace, war, sound and the Japanese-American experience. This artwork, begun in October 2016, is supported by funding from the Art Matters Foundation, the City of Hiroshima, the City of Los Angeles and the Center for Land Use Interpretation.
The Wolfsonian–FIU Museum on Miami Beach, which holds the largest permanent collection of material tracing the development of the modern age, has proposed the creation of a new space and academic enterprise to be called the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab. This new endeavor will bring together professors from across the humanities, humanities students, and the community into conversation with the extensive collection held by the museum.
The Tenement Museum was founded in 1988 with a clear social justice mission – to help modern Americans empathize with the ongoing immigrant experience. But being an activist museum is hardly straightforward. Is it possible to take a non-partisan political stand and still please a diverse audience of visitors, donors, and board members? What does this look like in education programs? Behind the scenes? Let's discuss.
Debi Cornwall's photographs of former Guantánamo detainees make up the exhibition Welcome to Camp America: Beyond Gitmo, in our Carriage House Gallery from September 14 - October 19, 2017. In this presentation, Cornwall will use her work on Guantánamo Bay as a starting point for discussion on art as/in advocacy. We'll explore how to infiltrate institutions to gain access and raise funds, how to develop a plan of action, and ideas for confronting challenges along the way. That evening, you are invited to attend the exhibition opening at 5pm.
As Public Humanists, we all have a tremendous diversity of skills and interests, and during our time in the program, we refine those skills and hone those interests in preparation for long and fulfilling professional careers. Because of our adaptability, these careers can take any number of tracts. During this lunch talk, we’ll talk about how these skills can be great assets to the public sector, from working in government historical/cultural organizations like the National Park Service to managing construction projects for museums and cultural facilities at the state level.
The architect practices an art of ethical and purposeful transformation, creating spaces that frame human experience and contribute to a better future. While we imagine projects that leave traces over the skin of the earth, our process often lies in unveiling, unearthing, uncovering as well as anchoring histories and memories in and onto territories, cities and sites. It is in the face of catastrophes, historic traumas, and human injustices that the architect’s (and the artist’s) roles become increasingly complex, problematic and, hopefully, necessary.
Tying together four "moments" in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline, this presentation will look at the ways settlers incorporated or distanced themselves from the movement at Standing Rock, and the ways the media narratives reinforced problematic stereotypes of Native peoples through their reporting. In a fight that should be centered on Indigenous peoples and their rights, what are the ways non-Natives usurped and shifted the narrative?
This talk interrogates the private lives of migrant men who participated in the Bracero Program (1942– 1964), a binational agreement between the United States and Mexico that allowed hundreds of thousands of Mexican workers to enter this country on temporary work permits.
Many consider Jane Jacobs the most influential urban thinker of the twentieth century. In "Vital Little Plans", Zipp and Storring collect for the first time a career-spanning selection of her short writings on a wide range of topics, from urban design to economics to morality, feminism to environmentalism, protest to politics. In this talk, the editors will explore the difficult process of collecting, curating, and interpreting the anthology, the delicate balance of honoring and challenging Jacobs's legacy, and what we can learn from her dual life as a public intellectual and activist.