Voices in the Pavement: Street Art and Gender Equity

''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

The Commons goal is to foster discussion and dialogue across a wide political spectrum and among disparate groups.




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Taught by Geoff Klock
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Jan 31

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Feb 1

Feb 2

OlioHouse | Our Stories, Our Bodies: Rape Culture in American History

Taught by Jamie Warren
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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Feb 6

Olio Seminar | Space, Time, & Work: Understanding Labor

Taught by Lauren Hudson
7:30 p.m. at Berg'n

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Feb 9

OlioHouse | The Love Symposium

Taught by Skye Cleary
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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Feb 15

A Good Friend is Hard to Find: Philosophy and Friendship

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

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Feb 21

Living Room Salon | Music and Environmentalism

Taught by Kristy Barbacane
7 p.m. at Living Room

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Feb 22

The Circular Road: Art and the Religious Imagination

Taught by Michael Prettyman
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Feb 25

What Would Buffy Do? Radical Feminism and the Slayer

Taught by Jamie Warren
7:30 p.m. at Neuehouse Madison Sq.

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Feb 28

Into the Mystic: Music & the Moving Image

Taught by Whitney George
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May 17

Rethinking Refugee Trauma and Mental Health

Taught by Kim Nguyen
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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May 29

Composing Beauty: Mapplethorpe’s Quest for Perfection

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