[act-ma] Artists in Context - 5/17, 5/25 and 6/10-12

Susie Husted susie_husted at yahoo.com
Tue May 17 07:28:06 PDT 2011

Three free programs from Artists in Context -- 5/17 – tonight!; 5/25 and 
6/10-12.   Artists in Context assemblesNew England artists and creative thinkers 
across disciplines to conceptualize new ways of representing and acting upon the 
critical issues of our time.   www.artistsincontext.org
Art and Technology in the Age of Activism
with Nicco Mele and Theaster Gates   
Presentations, conversation and audience discussion on necessary imagination, 
truth and power.
Tuesday, May 17th  TONIGHT!  
6:30 p.m. Boston Public Library, Copley Square, Boston Room 

Nicco Meleis a leading expert in the integration of social media and Web 2.0 
with politics, business and communications. He is also a co-founder of the 
Massachusetts poetry Festival.

Visual artist and urban planner Theaster Gates is Director of Arts Programming 
and Lecturer in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago. His 
creative practice encompasses a broad range of topics including installation, 
site specificity, appropriation, and master planning as an arts engagement tool.
The presentation is free, but space is limited – please register online to 
reserve a seat!  For more information visit 

We Shall Not Be Moved: Building Relationships
a community discussion with artist Kelly Creedon, City Life Executive Director 
Curdina Hill, Organizing Director Steve Meacham and members of the Bank Tenant 

Wednesday, May 25th
7:00 p.m.  Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 

W e Shall Not Be Moved is an ongoing multimedia documentary project by Kelly 
Creedon, in partnership with City Life/Vida Urbana and the Bank Tenant 
Association. The project tells the story of a growing grassroots movement that 
is using the power of bringing people together to help keep families in their 
homes after foreclosure. Since 2008, City Life/Vida Urbana has focused on 
preventing the eviction of both former owners and renters resulting from a rise 
in foreclosures. The Bank Tenant Association was created to stop evictions 
through a combination of legal defense, collective action, and political 

This discussion will be moderated by Susie Husted and will focus on the 
relationships that were built during the documentary project's development and 

Greater Boston Connected and Consequential Conference:  June 10, 11 and 12 
June 10 & 11    Egan Center, Northeastern University
June 12            Design Studio for Social Intervention 

A place for artists and other creative thinkers and practitioners to gather 
and explore the intersection of art and other fields, including Health, Nature, 
Consumption and Justice. Through case studies and moderated discussions, 
conference participants will learn how artists and their collaborators are using 
their creativity and finely honed skills to intervene in the major issues of our 
time to produce positive social outcomes.  The proceedings will focus on the 
best ways to develop successful "integrated or hybrid practices", including the 
role of collaboration, research, technology and sustainability.
The conference is free, but please pre-register online at 

Friday, June 10 at Northeastern University, Egan Center,120 Forsyth Street, 
Boston, MA 02115
6:30-8:30 p.m.  “Stories from the Field”, with artists and community 
practitioners Gail Burton, New Freedwoman Project; Michael Dowling, Medicine 
Wheel Productions; Mariama White-Hammond, Project Hip Hop; Andi Sutton, National 
Bitter Melon Council; John Osorio-Buck; moderated by Kenneth Bailey, Design 
Studio for Social Intervention
Saturday, June 11 at Northeastern University, Egan Center,120 Forsyth Street, 
Boston, MA 02115
8:00 a.m.  Registration and Breakfast
9:00 a.m.  Introductory Remarks and Video, Marie Cieri and Louisa McCall, 
Artists in Context

9:15 a.m.  Jeremy Nobel, “Art and Healing”  
Jeremy Nobel is an Adjuncy Lecturer on Health Policy and Management – Department 
of Health Policy and Management – Harvard School of Public Health and President 
and Founder, Foundation for Art and Healing
9:30-10:30 a.m.  Case Study: “SUGAR” and Story Circles with artist Robbie 
Moderated by Jeremy Nobel, the discussion of story circles and their impact on 
diabetics’ attitude, care-taking and healing will include Sharon Jackson, 
Mattapan Community Health Center, and Kathryn, a story circle participant.  The 
case study will also examine how community interest and desire for this type of 
engagement are determined.
10:35-11:35 a.m.  Case Study: Ideas Team with Artistic Director of Artlink, 
Edinburgh, Alison Stirling, and artists Kelly Dobson, Steve Hollingsworth and 
Wendy Jacob
How can people with profound developmental disabilities inform an artistic 
process?  How do you bring people together to further inform and realize these 
ideas?  In February, a group of artists, engineers, arts administrators and case 
workers met in Edinburgh to discuss the creation of a center – part ideas 
laboratory, part university and part day center – where individuals from across 
a range of abilities and disciplines could collaborate on creative projects that 
challenge normative ways of communication and being in the world.  The aim of 
the center is to use the most cutting edge ideas for the most disadvantaged 
11:45-12:30 p.m.  Open Time – networking and resource tables
12:30-1:30 p.m.  Lunch, Judy Meredith, Institute for Public Policy
“Negotiating Change with Power”
1:30-2:30 p.m.  Case Study:  Crossing the Rubicon: On Contamination, Tragedy and 
the Possibility of New Cultures with Dan Borelli, artist; Gavin Kroeber, 
producer; moderated by Marie Cieri, Artists in Context
Environmental contamination may be perpetrated by specific individuals and 
corporations, but the cultural conditions that permit such disregard are 
collectively produced.  Starting from the environmental and social histories of 
Ashland, MA and the Nyanza EPA Superfund site that it is home to, this talk 
explores the possibility of an artwork that can trace a society’s failure to 
address its own excesses, honor the victims and heroes of this history, and 
finally lay the ground for a fundamentally more complex relationship within our 
2:35-3:35 p.m.  Case Study: “The Story Behind” with Mario E. Quiroz-Servellon, 
artist; Franklin Soults, Communications Director, Massachusetts Immigrant and 
Refugee and Advocacy Coalition; moderator TBD
3:45-5:00 p.m.  Wrap Up Community Discussion
5:00-6:00 p.m.  Open Time – networking and resource tables
Sunday, June 12 at the Design Studio for Social Intervention, 1946 Washington 
Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02118 (entrance on Thorndike Street)
10:30-1:00 p.m.  Conference reflections, discussion and networking
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