Arts & Activism: Responding to Social Crisis
a potluck and workshop with Julie B. Johnson
Wednesday, Nov. 19 | 6pm – 9pm
FREE – RSVP Required
During this participant-driven workshop and potluck, artists, activists, and community members from all walks of life are invited to explore the ways in which arts and activism can intersect and effect social change. Host Julie B. Johnson encourages all participants to come with their curiosities, concerns, resources, and ideas for change in tow.
In small group sessions featuring multimodal dialogue, participants are welcome to engage in conversation, writing, song, movement, or even drawing – the choice is theirs.
The entire group will then convene for a discussion driven by the information generated during the small groups sessions. The evening will conclude with presentations from Philadelphia-based artists, activists, and organizations working for social change.
Possible Discussion Questions Include:
- How can artists respond in a timely, ethically responsible manner to social injustice
- How can the arts be used as a form of protest?
- What are the elements of an effective collaboration between artists and activist organizations?
- Who can I connect with in Philadelphia to explore social change through art?
Julie B. Johnson is a dance artist focused on community interaction through choreography, education, performance, and collaboration. She is a founding member and former Artistic Director of Evolve Dance Inc., a nonprofit dance organization based in New York and Arizona as well as The Y Dance Program, a dance training program based in New York for children, teens, and adults. Johnson also conducts collaborative dance residencies, develops international dance and cultural interchange programs, and presents choreography locally and regionally. Currently, Johnson is a doctoral fellow in dance at Temple University.
photo credit: lbrowningphotography.com