Summer Solstice Interfaith Arts Event
Lakeview Center in Gillson Park (Wilmette, IL)
Wednesday, June 20 (6 p.m.)
free and open to the public
This Summer Solstice Interfaith Arts Event is part of an ongoing series of events that is thematically arranged around each of the four seasons.
Click here to find out more about this event -- including photos and audio, and check out this blog post about "Spring, Rebirth & Renewal" -- an interfaith arts event that happened in March.
View of Gillson Park
Photo credit: Wilmette Park District
You are invited to participate in "Excavating Arts & Activism in Illinois and Wisconsin" at Mess Hall – co-presented by Mess Hall and Borderbend Arts Collective. This discussion focuses on examples and problems from neighboring states in creative activism. There will also be a potluck; you're invited to join us during the potluck, and to bring something to eat or drink if you’d like.
We'll discuss and compare the use of art strategies for grassroots political messaging and organizing, from within the Wisconsin Uprising to the work around closing prisons and opposing torture, fighting the mayoral austerity agendas, and organizing against the NATO summit in Illinois. We will look at tactics of visibility, of physical witness, of community coherence and of purposeful play. The focus will be on applicable strategies contextualized within artist and activist practice, and how strategies applicable in one state or city context might or might not be transferable to another. We will also explore the role of imagination, creative practice and the arts in building social movements. The participants include Alice Kim, Lane Hall, Yasmin Nair, Dan S. Wang and Dan Godston.