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Voices in the Pavement: Street Art and Gender Equity

Presented with The Commons Brooklyn

''City As Canvas'' - Lady Pink

Across the concrete walls of New York City and around the world, street art has been a powerful and impactful mechanism for spreading messages. In particular, these messages have included advocating for the aspirational construction of a more just world, free from the human rights abuses that currently plague the one we live in.


Together, we will take a look at some of most prolific women-identified street artists across the globe: from Lady Pink, who in the 1970s, broke down gender barriers one subway car at a time to Shamsia Hassani, currently one of Afghanistan’s first women-identified street artists.


We will explore how the mechanism of street art and visual art can be used as a tool to continue to advocate for gender equity, in the Trumpian era of resistance. Lastly, in this gathering of instigators, we will collaborate on ways to creatively resist for women’s rights and gender equity in the aftermath of the January 2017 Women’s March, one of the greatest social mobilizations of our generation.  

Join us for an interactive Olio, peppered with lively discussion, mini-creative art activities, a showcase of beautiful street art, and an invitation to participate in a call-to-action for gender justice in our own communities.






Location: The Commons Brooklyn

388 Atlantic Avenue Between Hoyt and Bond. Brooklyn, NY 11217

Commons Brooklyn believes that by providing space where all views, even those we oppose, can be presented, examined, and perhaps refuted, we are helping to build a more just and free society. The Commons offers affordable office and meeting spaces, as well as an event venue. We can host anything from parties and benefits to forums, performances, films, and workshops. Our café can offer light meals, desserts, fair-trade organic coffees, teas, wine, and beer during any event.


Other upcoming Olios


Jan 22

America's Expansion, Influence, and Uncertain Global Power

Taught by Olio Happy Hour
7:30 p.m. at Strong Rope Brewery

Sign Up - $15

Jan 23

Sound and NYC: Exploring Silence in the City

Taught by Whitney George
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Feb 2

Mysticism Happy Hour: Psychedelic Humanities & Confronting the Shadows

Taught by Olio Happy Hour
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Feb 8

Democracy Without Truth

Taught by Manuel Rodeiro
7:30 p.m. at BAM Fisher

Sign Up - $25

Feb 9

The Body in a Cage: Modern Prisons, External and Internal

Taught by Jamie Warren
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Feb 12

*Olio Seminar* Break On Through: Creativity and the Mystic Experience

Taught by Michael Prettyman
7 p.m. at St John's Episcopal Church

Sign Up - $100

Feb 23

Questioning the Origins of Sexual Desire

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20


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