Virtual Guest Talk: Artivism: The Power of Art For Social Transformation, with Stephanie Lake & "Reclaiming the Hall", with Cynthia Tobar

Opening of Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation Series

This event is open to all

Feb 15

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Russell Hall 101

Gottesman Libraries 1st Floor

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Please join us for the opening event of Artivism: The Power of Art Social Transformation, energized by the recently published book, Illuminations of Social Imagination: Learning From Maxine Greene, (Dio Press, 2019), edited by Teachers College alumni Courtney Weida and Carolina Cambronero-Varela, and Dolapo Adeniji-Neill, of Adelphi University.


"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


Stephanie Lake is the Director of the Criminal Justice Program at Adelphi University 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. 


Cynthia Tobar, Assistant Professor and Head of Archives at Bronx Community College, will discuss "Reclaiming the Hall: Amplifying Community Voices at the Hall of Fame", Chapter 8 in Illuminations of Social Imagination: Learning From Maxine Greene. Cynathia Tobar, a current doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University, will present how the Bronx Community College Archives engages with public art to shift the frameworks of representation alongside artists, scholars, and community members. She will highlight topics covered in her chapter, particularly how the social and political histories of the communities in which the Hall emerged as well as discuss the potential role of new monuments which engage with histories of oppression and prejudice. The author will discuss how the creation of a public art community event provided an opportunity to learn about how community arts-based practitioners can embrace culturally inclusive approaches such as Community-Based Archiving and socially engaged art practices to increase community engagement around issues of diversity and inclusion in public art.


Suggested Resources:


Sheets, Hilary. A Monument Man Gives Memorials New Stories to TellNew York Times, Jan 23, 2020.

Sholette, Gregory. Reimagining Monuments to Make Them Resonate Locally and Personally. Hyperallergic, Nov. 6, 2017.


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The mission of this interdisciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration is to engage people in changing society through the power of art. 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 program is co-sponsored by Adelphi University and Gottesman Libraries.


Poster Images:


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

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


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