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Democracy Matters - Episode 28: Antiracism and Black Agency Through Arts


 
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SUMMARY: In this episode we hear music, spoken word, poetry, and discussion about the role of arts as a means for education, agency and expression of antiracism and racial equity.


Arts are a powerful means to reach and transform society by encouraging social change, fostering agency, deepening commitments to justice, and informing the larger society about social issues. The arts are also a means of: inventing and retelling stories and fostering conversations within and outside of social movements; communicating emotions; enacting movement goals; informing ideals and values both within and outside of social movements; and providing aesthetic joy.

In this episode we hear music, spoken word, poetry, and discussion about the role of arts as a means for education, agency and expression of antiracism and racial equity. Presenters in order of appearance include: 

  • Anastaciya Wheeler, Communications, JMU ‘21 and immediate past president of Women of Color
  • Dr. Lauren K. Alleyne, Associate Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center
  • Dr. Adérónké Adésolá Adésànyà, Associate Professor of Art History, JMU School of Art, Design and Art History
  • Dr. David Berry, Chair of Music, Eastern Mennonite University
  • Dr. Maureen Shanahan, Art History Area Coordinator, Professor of Art History, JMU School of Art, Design and Art History
  • Dr. Joanne Gabbin, Executive Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center

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Published: Friday, June 19, 2020

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 28, 2020

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