UIS Speaker Series honors Hispanic Heritage Month with panel discussion on art and social justice
WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series, the Department of Sociology Anthropology, the Department of Women & Gender Studies and NPR Illinois will host a Hispanic Heritage Month panel discussion on "Women's Community Art for Social Justice in Mexican American Chicago". This event is free and open to the public.
WHEN: Monday, October 2, 2017, at 6 p.m.
WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library
DETAILS: Members of Chicago's Mujeres Mutantes art collective will discuss what making art means to the women from the working class Latin communities of Chicago. The panel will talk about the barriers facing Latinas who wish to create public and personal art, how they balance their artistic practice with family life, and why they formed an art collective.
At a historic moment of great debate about race and public art in the United States, panelists will address different types of public art forms including graffiti, murals, and zines with the primary goal of social justice. They'll address why they make public art, teach art workshops in Mexican immigrant communities and in public schools, and how community engagement makes their art better.
The panel will feature transdisciplinary artist and School of the Art Institute of Chicago faculty member Nicole Marroquin. Professor Marroquin's current art and research looks at Chicago school uprisings between 1967 and 1974. She was a Joan Mitchell Fellow at the Center for Racial Justice Innovation, and she received the Sor Juana Inez del la Cruz Women of Excellence Award in 2011 for her work in her community. Her work has been featured at the Museo Nacional De Culturas Populares in Mexico City. She has recently been an artist-in-residence with the Propeller Fund at Mana Contemporary, at the Chicago Cultural Center, at Watershed Ragdale, ACRE and Oxbow.
Individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations should contact the UIS Speaker Series Office at 217/206-8507 or firstname.lastname@example.org in advance.
For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events, visit www.uis.edu/speakerseries/. All events are free and open to the public.