Virtual Talk: Public Art as A Commune, with Eirini Linardaki and Cynthia Tobar

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation

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Oct 21

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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Eirini Linardaki was born in Athens and studied at L.I.T. Limerick, Ireland, HDK Berlin and Marseille. She lived in France for more than twenty years. She now shares her time between the island of Crete, Paris and New York, developing projects in the public sphere. Her public art collaborations include the City of New York, the City of Newark, the City of Paris, the City of Montrouge, France, the City of Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos and Chania, in Greece. “Communities are at the center of my practice. Whether I involve elderly citizens, students, schools, or residents from specific localities, their participation, journeys & cultural heritage bring us to an exploratory path together that nourishes the development of these public projects. At this time of historic global crisis, art is helping and serving people in their communities. I believe that right now in history, art is keeping pace with social change and can help youths to express themselves through projects and voice their view of the world. Sometimes persistent social issues knock on our door and enter our dreams, becoming a defining aspect of a useful artistic vision. I experience this through my research, my practice and my journey. The complexity of these environments I witnessed in various communities (Baltimore Vocational High School, Bay Ridge, Schools of Marseille, Lower East Side Girls Club) became part of my work, expressed through channels found with my students, and generated new ambitions for the youths that share these experiences with me.

Cynthia Tobar is an Assistant Professor and Head of Archives at Bronx Community College, and she contributed the chapter, "Reclaiming the Hall: Amplifying Community Voices at the Hall of Fame", to Illuminations of Social Imagination: Learning From Maxine Greene. Cynathia is a current doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University. She 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, including Community-Based Archiving and socially engaged art practices.

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The vision of Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation is to generate a movement with committed social artivists in response to historic global unrest. Artivism aims to generate community through multi-disciplinary teamwork for a more dignified and meaningful coexistence, however you define these terms. The goal of this initiative is to nurture confidence in taking continuous action from wherever you are by means of reciprocity.

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation is a collaboration between Adelphi University; Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College, Columbia University; and Sing for Hope.

Artivism: The Power of Art Social Transformation, grew out of 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."

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