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.
The Commons goal is to foster discussion and dialogue across a wide political spectrum and among disparate groups.
Think Olio is not about learning a new skill or adding credentials to your resume. It is about getting together with other people and expanding our worldview. It exists as a conduit for fruitful discussions, a dissent from the regurgitation of facts, and an embrace of new perspectives.