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Make Art/Make a Difference
May 27, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Free
A Marketplace of Ideas
Join us for an afternoon of sharing and connection as artists, change-makers and citizens come together to spark ideas for community engaged arts initiatives in Lethbridge and surrounding area. Come to listen or to share your project ideas, resources and needs, and most of all your passion for arts based social change. Anyone interested in sharing their ideas can sign up for one of the three-minute project pitch slots so that all those gathered can hear the idea. Time to connect informally between presentations will also be made available. Refreshments, A/V equipment and information on local resources will be provided.
Make Art Make a Difference is a grass roots event organized by a group of community activists and artists who have been getting together over the past four months –called ARTogether/ACTogether – to learn about Art for Social Change and to share their work. The group includes people from health services, immigrant and family services, self-advocates, labour, the library, the Allied Arts Council, theatre, dance, visual arts music, and ‘maker spaces’. The Lethbridge Public Library is partnering the event in the Theatre Gallery. Noticing that great potential exists for more of this kind of work to make a difference in people’s lives, the group is inviting the broader community to join them in imagining projects, meeting people and spreading the word.
Registration for Make Art – Make a Difference is free of charge.
Registration: eventbrite.ca “ARTogether ACTogether”
Art for Social Change is not focused solely on the production of art, but on the process of making art together. Regardless of the art form or tool used, participation in this kind of creative engagement can make it easier for community members to take part in many forms of social participation and social action, and can help people to find new ways to see and be engaged in the world.
Because the goal is positive social change, Art for Social Change is community-focused, aimed at groups rather than just individuals. Issues affecting individuals are always considered in relation to group awareness and group interests. Meaningful participation in making artworks collaboratively builds the kinds of skills that social change requires. For artists, partnering with communities and agencies to make positive change can profoundly connect their work to the communities in which they live, can lead to new kinds of creative exploration, and can bring access to funding networks that may support them in their profession. For changemakers, partnering with artists and exploring their own creativity can expand and deepen the impact of their change work.