Participants will take part in discussions and engage in exercises that are intended to promote a deeper understanding of the intersection of racial identity, politics, and social and educational outcomes in America.
“Dr. Wilson and Dr. Shields have facilitated each of our first four Courageous Conversations About Race programs, and we are excited to have them back this fall to work with college students,” Vanoteghem said.
Wilson is an assistant professor in Art & Visual Culture Education at the University of Arizona; chair of the Committee on Multiethnic Concerns for the National Art Education Association, and co-director of Arizona Arts, Racial Justice Studio. Shields is an art education associate professor and department chair at Florida State University.
“Our facilitators will tailor the program to a college audience, and they have artworks they incorporate into the program,” Vanoteghem said. “We also will have three thought-inspiring exhibitions that will offer students perspective at this event.”
The exhibitions are “Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice,” “Wayna: Her Dreams of Ethiopia, Works by Tracy Murrell,” which are open, and “Forsaking All Comfort and Prosperity, Works by Maryam Safajoo,” which opens on Oct 6.
In “Wayna: Her Dreams of Ethiopia,” Vanoteghem said, Tracy Murrell uses silhouettes as entry points to more complex conversations about gender, race and how beauty is perceived. Her work incorporates stories she heard from her cousin Wayna, a Grammy-nominated singer, and her paper-cut Ethiopian crosses are seen as a unifying force.
Students with questions about Courageous Conversations About Race may contact Vanotgehem at email@example.com or call her at (229) 439-8400. Information may be found online at www.albanymuseum.com/courageous-conversations.
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