Politics, Current Events Take Center Stage During Artweek

Politics, Current Events Take Center Stage During Artweek

Politics, Current Events Take Center Stage During Artweek

ArtWeek, an award-winning creative festival, will host more than 180 events this season, including many drawing inspiration from politics and current events. ArtWeek will run from September 30 - October 9 in more than 50 neighborhoods and towns across Eastern Massachusetts.

This season's ArtWeek lineup features many timely events that tackle current events, social issues and/or the political climate, including:

A Face in the Crowd

Lead Partner: Coolidge Corner Theatre

Price: $12

Location: Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline

Monday, October 3 from 7:00 to 9:45PM

Before the film, join Dr. Steven Schlozman, associate director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS), as he discusses our attraction to politically charismatic speakers, our tendency to create "us" versus "them" dichotomies, and how our brains work (and don't work) during an election year. Not only will you get to enjoy a 35mm screening of A Face in the Crowd but we have a educational component to the screening with a 20-30 presentation by Dr. Steven Schlozman discussing our attraction to politically charismatic speakers, our tendency to create "us" versus "them" dichotomies, and how our brains work (and don't work) during an election year.

Arts 4 Social and Civic Engagement

Lead Partner: Massachusetts Partners of the Americas

Community Partner: Partners of the Americas

Price: FREE

Location: The Arsenal Project Innovation Space, 485 Arsenal Street, Watertown

Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 9 from 4:00 to 6:00PM

MassPartners of the Americas has launched a major new initiative to use the arts as a vehicle for understanding, engaging and influencing the future of the Americas. Art is a powerful force to help us experience the challenges of our day in new and imaginative ways. Special for ArtWeek, join us for creative collaboration in a dedicated work space. Some art supplies will be provided for those who want to use this space as a studio, though we invite you to bring your own as well. We will be open throughout ArtWeek to host conversations about art and social issues, explore how the arts can inspire engagement, and make new friends. This initiative will lead to a new website that will help artists and others throughout the hemisphere collaborate in creating a better future.

Dancing Elotes Experience

Lead Partner: Veronica Robles Cultural Center

Community Partner: New England Foundation for the Arta

Price: FREE

Location: East Boston Farmers Market, Lewis Mall, East Boston

Wednesday, October 5 from 2:30 to 6:30PM

Veronica Robles Cultural Center (VROCC) presents Dancing Elotes a new arts-integrated community project with support from the New England Foundation for the Arts' Creative City Program, with funding from The Barr Foundation. Local youth team will sell elotes (corn on the cob Latin-Style) from a traditional bike cart that is used on the streets in Mexico and Central America, as a literal and conceptual vehicle for cross-cultural culinary, dance, and sculptural experiences. The cart was shipped from Mexico with the support of Consul of Mexico in Boston Emilio Rabasa.

Dancing Elotes project honors the lives of the young victims of street violence. One of the goals of this project is to link organizations, artists, and individuals to engage in a conversation about art and raise awareness about the importance of the appreciation of ethnic diversity among the general community.

Global Activism With Art

Lead Partner: EF College Break

Community Partner: Climate Creatives

Price: FREE

Location: EF Education First, 2 Education Street, Cambridge

Wednesday, October 5 from 6:00 - 8:00PM

Are you trapped in your office or at school all day, dreaming about where you could go to do something for our planet? What if you could do something right here and right now? Are you looking for a creative way to excite your team or classmates enough to join you in your quest? Or just looking for a fun evening doing something different? Education First will host Susan Israel of Climate Creatives for an evening of art-making and information. Susan will begin with a brief discussion about how you can get involved with her work to inspire climate action in businesses, education, and the community using art-making experiences and participatory public art installations. Then join a team and have some fun with your message for the climate and build our global village! No art experience needed! Free and open to the public. Ages 14 and older.

Linking Civic Media and Arts in Public Places

Lead Partner: BostonAPP/Lab

Community Partner: Engagement Lab, Emerson College

Price: FREE

Location: Engagement Lab, Emerson College, 160 Boylston Street, Boston

Tuesday, October 4 from 6:00 to 8:00PM

The Engagement Lab at Emerson College is pleased to host BostonAPP/Lab for this action-focused workshop that will explore the ways in which the interplay of digital media and art in public places can help to co-invent -- and enrich -- what the Engagement Lab describes as "civic life in a networked age"; Participants will be given the opportunity to brainstorm approaches to this co-invention -- as artist, as programmer, as community leader, as citizen -- and to begin outlining an action agenda by which to bring these emerging ideas to fruition.

Speak Up! Art is Action - Collaborative Mural

Lead Partner: Edward M. Kennedy Institute

Community Partner: Artists For Humanity

Price: $14

Location: The Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 210 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston

Friday, September 30 from 9:00AM to 5:00PM

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute welcomes visitors to contribute to participatory artwork collaboratively designed by Artists For Humanity's teen artists and mentors. Together we can make a bold, colorful statement that amplifies our voices in our communities and beyond.

Senate Chamber. Speak Up! Art is Action at the EMK Institute invites artists to share and celebrate a spectrum of political voices in a variety of mediums. We hope to inspire political empathy, understanding, and calls to action, truly turning our building over to the people. The week will feature a spoken word exhibition of young voices in our full-scale representation of the U.S. Senate Chamber; a collaborative public art project to which all are invited to contribute, and a chance to create your own political campaign poster. The events of the week will represent the different ways artists interpret issues important to them and to their communities within their chosen mediums.

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.

Speak Up! Art is Action - Poster Project

Lead Partner: The Edward M. Kennedy Institute

Price: $14

Location: The Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 210 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston

Saturday, October 1 from 1:00 to 3:00PM

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute welcomes visitors of all ages to create their own political campaign posters. Have you ever thought about running for office? What would be your message to voters? What qualities do you admire in people in leadership. Transform your political voice into a campaign poster that expresses you ideals of leadership, and the issue that matter to you. Materials will be provided for visitors to create their own poster. These posters will be on public display the week of our Count Us In! series event, Kid Convention on October 29th.

Senate Chamber. Speak Up! Art is Action at the EMK Institute invites artists to share and celebrate a spectrum of political voices in a variety of mediums. We hope to inspire political empathy, understanding, and calls to action, truly turning our building over to the people. The week will feature a spoken word exhibition of young voices in our full-scale representation of the U.S. Senate Chamber; a collaborative public art project to which all are invited to contribute, and a chance to create your own political campaign poster. The events of the week will represent the different ways artists interpret issues important to them and to their communities within their chosen mediums.

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities

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