Art&: Art and Social Change

Thursday, October 21, 2021,

Virtual; Zoom link upon registration

Join us for a conversation that delves into how art can empower social justice work. We’ll hear from educators and artists who center a Bob Thompson painting in Project Reset, a diversion program based in the New York City area. in which participants can attend an arts program as an alternative to appearing in court. Our conversation also will include leaders of Maine Inside Out, an arts organization that works to build a movement for transformative justice. A Q&A will follow the conversation. 

This program will be introduced by Diana Tuite, Katz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and curator of Bob Thompson: This House Is Mine. The conversation, which will be moderated by Kris Bergquist, Mirken Curator of Education and Engagement, features the following speakers:

  • Lindsay C. Harris, Interim Director of Education & Teen Programs Manager at the Brooklyn Museum
  • Mónica Mariño, Adult Learning Manager at the Brooklyn Museum of Art
  • Saadiq Newton-Boyd, Community Affairs Manager at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, a project of the Center for Court Innovation (CCI). 
  • Sophia Dawson, Art Educator with the Project Reset program at the Brooklyn Museum of Art
  • Bashir Matan, Project Facilitator for Maine Inside Out and Youth Organizer with Maine Youth Justice
  • Joseph Jackson, Director of Leadership Development at Maine Inside Out, Executive Director of Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, and Campaign Advisor of Maine Youth Justice

Read the full Speaker Bios. This program is the first in a three-week series of talks that connect to the exhibition Bob Thompson: This House Is Mine.

This virtual program is free and open to all. Pre-registration is available here. Registrants will receive a Zoom link to access the program one week before the event. This program will be recorded, with closed captioning, and available on the museum website the following week.

The Art& series brings together visiting artists, scholars, museum staff, and community experts for conversations about exhibitions, collections, and projects at the Colby College Museum of Art and its Lunder Institute for American Art. A mix of in-person, virtual, and hybrid programs, this series is designed for those interested in learning more about art and engaging with the key issues of our time.

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