“Art As Activism” Conversation
Join the Westport Arts Center for a timely conversation, “Art As Activism” on Friday, March 31 at 6:30pm.
Led by Pamela Hovland, the artist behind the current As We Are! installation at the Westport Arts Center, the conversation will also include Thomas Starr, Hovland’s long-time collaborator in an activist collective she helped found in the early 1990s.
Both Pamela Hovland and Thomas Starr teach in university design programs (Hovland at Yale University and Starr at Northeastern). They will share their experiences and views on the role of visual artists in political protest and social activism and how that practice can be part of a professional methodology and a pedagogical approach. Hovland will share an exciting recent project where her design students have made a public statement regarding today’s highly-charged political environment.
Hovland and Starr are members of the artist collective ‘Class Action,’ known for their activist work related to gun violence, women’s reproductive rights, domestic violence and AIDS awareness, as well as other social issues. They will share examples of their work and discuss how visual art can act as a catalyst for change. The event will also include a Q&A session and opportunity to meet the speakers.
TICKETS: $15 Non-Members / $10 Members / Students Currently Enrolled in WAC Winter II or Spring Session Are Free