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Arts & Culture

Staging Transformation: Art as Social Activism

Friday, January 31, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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"Ultimately, we’re going to realize, all our problems are universal. We may talk about them differently or look differently...but all our communities have their own spices." – Omar Kurdi

The arts have the power to deepen conversation, open minds, and call for compassion and consciousness. Throughout history, art has been used as a tool for dialogue, exploring social justice issues, and effecting positive change. Art — encompassing everything from visual works to architecture to performance and dance — has the power to address individual and social issues, confront inequity, and contribute to the achievement of a better world.

Cleveland, home to a vibrant arts scene, has featured a myriad of works that challenge audiences to consider the actions and responsibilities of society, both broadly and locally. How is art generating social and political change at the local level, in neighborhoods and communities?

Join us as local, national, and international artists discuss art as a vehicle for activism and social change. From a play about the City of Cleveland’s consent decree, to a community-driven architectural project at Riverview Welcome Center, to the Arabic language being spoken on stage, these artists discuss art, equity, and access, and how their specific works serve as acts of social justice.

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