The Role of Artists and the Arts in Community Healing

October 19, 2017

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Many of the issues concerning community organizers and community artists and cultural institutions have long been the same: housing and venue affordability, gentrification, public safety, access to resources…. In communities of color these concerns are heightened as community revitalization scenarios often point to futures in which cultural and economic displacement are made inevitable.

What role can and do artists and arts organizations play in creating alternative, inclusive and holisitic notions of community development and renewal?

How do artists and arts organizations contribute to community healing and resiliency?

On Friday, October 20, Illinois Humanities, Pilsen Alliance, and Rootwork Gallery join together to host this timely conversation exploring the role of artists and cultural organizations in organizing communities, in demanding economic justice, in creating safe spaces for dialogue, in responding to trauma caused by racism and violence, and to building bridges and fostering deeper connections between residents.

Artists, arts sector workers, organizers and residents welcome. Please RSVP in the comments so we can plan accordingly.

Light refreshments will be served.

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