In 2020 and 2021, The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center commissioned original works of art by multidisciplinary artist jackie sumell, director of Solitary Gardens (Louisiana), and Judy Dworin of the Judy Dworin Performance Project (Connecticut), as a means of using creative expression to explore historical themes and social justice issues today. Both sumell’s Solitary Garden installation and Dworin’s collaborative dance and spoken-word performance, Emergence, address issues relating to incarceration and bridge community-based action with creative impulse and practice.
Join sumell and Dworin in a salon conversation about the power of art to create change and the echoes of the history and legacy of Harriet Beecher Stowe in the work of contemporary activist-artists. The discussion will be moderated by Amy Hufnagel, the Stowe Center’s Director of Programs and Visitor Experience, who commissioned both artistic works. This program is part of a suite of online programs for the release of the film versions of Emergence, which uses sumell’s solitary garden installation as a central element of the staging. Registration for the film premier is open.
jackie sumell has spent the last two decades working directly with incarcerated folx, most notably, her elders Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, and she has received multiple residencies and fellowships, including, but not limited to, an A Blade of Grass Fellowship, Creative Capital, Art 4 Justice, Robert Rauschenberg Artist-as-Activist Fellowship, Soros Justice Fellowship, Eyebeam Project Fellowship and a Schloss Solitude Residency Fellowship. She is based in New Orleans, Louisiana where she continues to work on Herman’s House, Solitary Gardens, The Prisoner’s Apothecary PLUS and several other community-generated, advocacy based projects.
Judy Dworin is a dance/theater artist and educator committed to inspiring social action through her work with the Judy Dworin Performance Project (JDPP), which she founded in 1989. JDPP’s performance residency at York Correctional Institution for women that began in 2005 has catalyzed the development of a comprehensive arts residency program reaching out to York CI mothers and Cybulski CI fathers and their children (Moms & Kids and Dads & Kids); a multi-arts residency for young women ages 18 to 25 housed in the W.O.R.T.H unit at York CI; an in-school program for Greater Hartford children and youth with parents in prison; several programs for women and men returning home from prison; and most recently a multi-arts program for young men in juvenile detention centers in Hartford and Bridgeport, CT. Judy is a Professor Emerita in Theater and Dance at Trinity College where she recently received an honorary doctoral degree of Fine Arts.
Advance registration is required.
Thank you to the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee, for helping to make this program possible.