Online Guest Talk: The Clothesline Project, with Stephanie Lake

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation

This event is open to all

Apr 22

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Russell Hall 101

Gottesman Libraries 1st Floor

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In 1990, visual artist Rachel Carey-Harper, moved by the power of the AIDS quilt, presented the concept of using shirts - hanging on a clothesline - as the vehicle for raising awareness about violence against women. The concept was simple - let each woman tell her story in her own unique way, using words and/or artwork to decorate her shirt. Once finished, she would then hang her shirt on the clothesline. This very action serves many purposes. It acts as an educational tool for those who come to view the Clothesline; it becomes a healing tool for anyone who makes a shirt ( by hanging the shirt on the line, survivors, friends and family can literally turn their back on some of that pain of their experience and walk away); finally, it allows those who are still suffering in silence to understand that they are not alone. Over the past 15 years, Adelphi's Criminal Justice Club has hosted its own Clothesline, allowing students, faculty, staff and the community the opportunity to make t-shirts and to view the hundreds of t-shirts we've accumulated over the years.

Stephanie Lake is the Director of the Criminal Justice Program and has been a faculty member in the Department of Sociology at Adelphi University since 2002. Professor Lake earned her doctorate at the University of Virginia after researching the causes and consequences of race and gender disparities in felony sentencing. As a faculty member at Adelphi, Professor Lake has served as an advisor to many student organizations on campus and runs the prolific Criminal Justice Club on campus. The CJ Club hosts 3-5 events per semester, many involving the arts as a way for students to challenge injustice in the criminal justice system and inequity in the global system more generally. Past examples have included an annual Clothesline Project, participation in Chalk Up and the Fall Arts Festival, Fair Trade Fashion Shows, hosting Sundown Town workshops, hosting the Yes Men and participating in flash mobs to bring attention to the 25th Anniversary of the worst industrial disaster in history (Bhopal), hosting the director and producer of the documentary, "Every Mother's Son", participation in Die Ins and collaborations with just about every other program, club and organization on campus.

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Clothesline Poster

Poster Image: Book Cover for Illuminations of Social Imagination: Learning From Maxine Greene, Courtesy of Artist Ricardo Rodríguez

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation, is energized by the recently published book, Illuminations of Social Imagination: Learning From Maxine Greene, (Dio Press, 2019), edited by Courtney Weida, Dolapo Adeniji-Neill, and Carolina Cambronero-Varela.

"The concept for this book is inspired by the late Maxine Greene (2000), who described her enduring philosophical focus and legacy of social imagination as “the capacity to invent visions of what should be and what might be in our deficient society, on the streets where we live, in our schools” (p. 5). The purpose of this volume is to examine and illuminate the roles of community organizers and educators who are changing lives through public art and community arts projects. This research originally emerged from a well-attended 2018 conference presentation and exhibition at Teachers College, Columbia University, engaging with the local and international community of arts education and arts administration."

-- Publisher's Description

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation offers multimodal events where presenters share how art, research, community outreach, and other endeavors serve to transform the status quo and nurture change for continuous action in search of a more just society. The mission of this interdisciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration is to engage people in changing society through the power of art. The program is jointly sponsored by Adelphi University, Sing for Hope, and Gottesman Libraries.


Poster: Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation, Courtesy of Jenna Ventura, Adelphi University Class of 2021


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