Co-presented by Living Arts and John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Center
Saturday, January 17, 1-4pm, doors open at 12 noon to view the exhibit
This symposium will explore different aspects of how Art can be used as a vehicle for breaking down perceptions of differences between people and allow for individual expression on the subject of transforming hate. After viewing the exhibit Speaking Volumes/Transforming Hate and the local version of this, Transform Hate the first part of the symposium will include a panel of noted arts advocates and activists from a variety of different ethnicities and backgrounds who will discuss ways that they have seen Art used in this way. Then there will be a break and participants will be asked to explore various visual art supplies and make an expression based on their own experiences with intolerance and transform this into something else. The group will then reconvene to discuss this experience and what results might have occurred.
Dr. Brian Hosmer, H.G. Barnard Chair of Western American History, University of Tulsa
Michael Christopher is a visual artist, composer and theatre artist who organized Tulsa Center for Contemporary Art (TuCCA) in what would become the arts district in the late 1980s, as the first public multi-arts space in the neighborhood. An out bisexual since the age of 14, he has experienced homophobia and human rights issues personally, served as the first paid director of Oklahomans for Equality, and worked with the organizers of the Rename Brady activities of the past year.
Nathan Lee is an artist and art activist from Oklahoma. He is a founding member of Inclusion in Art and is best known for his efforts towards creating a more racially diverse art community in Oklahoma.
Jill Hammer is an artist that currently teaches at Tulsa MET, an alternative school that focuses on “Big Picture” learning. Small class sizes enable Jill to get to know her students and help them create art that is personal to them. Each student presents his or her art in an exhibition at the end of each quarter. In this way, students who traditionally have struggled are inspired through art to achieve their best possible selves and show others how art can help understand life.
Since early childhood Jill has created art and used it to understand life and present it to the world.
Terri Baker is a woman, wife, mother, lifelong feminist and enjoys dual citizenship both as a US citizen and a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Louisiana State University and has published poetry, non-fiction literary essays, university composition textbooks, and a collective biography of Women Who pIoneered Oklahoma (along with Connie Henshaw). During her professional career, Dr. Baker served on the Native American Studies faculty and the English faculty at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, capital of the Cherokee Nation. Dr. Baker is disabled and is still amazed and amused at the intolerance that the handicapped experience. Now retired, Dr. Baker volunteers at the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, JAMES, Inc., and the Tahlequah Arts Council. Baker says that she retired right ahead of the posse.
Native Tulsan, Jocelyn Lee Payne pursued a varied and extended career in higher education before becoming Executive Director for the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation a year ago. In this role, she presses forward the Center’s mission to promote reconciliation and trust through scholarly work and constructive community engagement in programs such as Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate.
Winston Peraza: Designer, visual instigator and Creative Director at Cubic, born in Caracas, Venezuela, lived in Mexico, Switzerland, Venezuela and the USA.
Dr. Rodney Clark, Director of Theater North
Steve Liggett has been an arts advocate and artist in the Tulsa community for over 43 years. In 2001 he received the Harwelden Award for recognition of his art leadership in the Tulsa community. His formal education is from the University of Tulsa and he holds a Master of Arts degree with a concentration in Ceramics.During his time as Artistic Director with Living Arts of Tulsa, the organization has grown from having only an education program to a rich multimedia arts organization recognized nationwide for its support of contemporary art and artists.
This event is made possible with assistance from:
The event is free and open to the public.