Salons at Stowe


Creating Change:

Arts and Activism

November 17, 2016

Julia Rosenblatt, Artistic Director of HartBeat Ensemble, and Chris Pressley, a Hartford social worker, led the conversation. Both artists believe in the importance of art as a tool for social change. Mr. Pressley described the ways art and creativity challenge social norms and get people thinking differently about issues and experiences. Ms. Rosenblatt said that the power of art is that it is accessible; art can take ideas and perspectives that are not talked about it and translate them into other modes that are funny, dramatic or emotional. Art can also be used in protest, creating provocative signs or displays that add creativity to a demonstration.
Inspiration to Action

  • Do one creative thing every day and let your creativity inspire and fuel your commitment to change
  • Listen to artists and support local artists who are doing vital work in your community
  • Make art with others — collaborate
  • Support arts organizations with your money or time
  • Have courageous conversations on important issues. Confront racism and sexism and other forms of discrimination
  • Recognize that there are many forms of art and many types of artists, from hip hop to dance to puppetry. All can play a role in creating change
Location Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Doors Open 5:30-7:30 PM
Program 5:30 - 7:30 PM
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