What is the relationship between public health and collective memory? How can the critical and creative practices of craft and public art be imagined to better serve and support the wellbeing of BIPOC communities? Artists engaged in craft and public art both probe these connections and questions, exploring models for how to collectively shape and confront legacies of racist, sexist, homophobic, and colonial systems of knowledge and the implications of these systems on public health and wellbeing.
Join Dr. Ameena Batada, Associate Professor Health and Wellness at UNC Asheville; artists DeWayne Barton, Aaron McIntosh, and Santiago X; as well as Dr. Patricia Kim, Associate Director of Programs at Monument Lab, for a roundtable discussion about these questions and more.
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Crafting Resilience is a virtual program series exploring how craft can cultivate strength and sustainability in individuals, spaces, and communities in the face of adverse conditions. Bringing together interdisciplinary and intersectional voices, the programs will animate dialogue and reflections on collective memory, healing, and social justice in the study and practice of craft. In a moment when global, national, and local forms of political turmoil, public health crisis, and human suffering have collided as never before, these discussions and presentations can help us consider how to craft resilience in challenging times. Learn more about the series here.