What is the relationship between public health and collective memory? How can the critical and creative practices of craft and public art be imagined to better serve and support the wellbeing of BIPOC communities? Artists engaged in craft and public art both probe these connections and questions, exploring models for how to collectively shape and confront legacies of racist, sexist, homophobic, and colonial systems of knowledge and the implications of these systems on public health and wellbeing.
Moderator: Dr. Ameena Batada
Speakers: DeWayne Barton, Dr. Patricia Eunji Kim, Aaron McIntosh, ‑S‑A‑N‑T‑I‑A‑G‑O‑ X
Learn more about Crafting Resilience programming here.
Crafting Resilience is a virtual program series exploring how craft can cultivate strength and sustainability in individuals, spaces, and communities in the face of adverse conditions. Bringing together interdisciplinary and intersectional voices, the programs will animate dialogue and reflections on collective memory, healing, and social justice in the study and practice of craft. The programs range in scale and content, engaging artists, thinkers, activists, and educators in workshops, roundtables, and participatory conversations informed by craft histories, but with an eye towards building resilient futures. In a moment when global, national, and local forms of political turmoil, public health crisis, and human suffering have collided as never before, these discussions and presentations can help us consider how to craft resilience in challenging times.
Crafting Resilience is organized by the Center for Craft in partnership with the University of North Carolina Asheville.
Image credit: Aaron McIntosh, To Grow Fiercely from Poor Soil: Monument Invasion (Robert E. Lee Monument), 2018. Photo by John Dean. Courtesy of the artist.