Monday, Jan 18, 2 PM

Virtual Panel: “Art & Activism in a Democratic Future”

Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans

This MLK Day on Facebook Live, join the the CAC for a live panel discussion addressing the role of art, artists, and arts institutions in driving social change. Moderated by Dr. David Robinson Morris, panelists include: poet, writer, filmmaker and educator Kalamu Ya Salaam; CAC exhibition artists André Fuqua, Shana M. griffin, and Ariel René Jackson; and CAC Executive Director George Scheer. ** This discussion will be streamed on the CAC's Facebook page at ** This is the CAC's culminating event for "Dreaming While Awake," A Celebration and Reflection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Learn more at About the Moderator David W. Robinson-Morris, Ph.D. is the founding Director of The Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit at Xavier University of Louisiana, Assistant Professor in the Division of Education and Counseling, and serves the university’s Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Research with a dual concentration in Higher Education Administration and Curriculum Theory, and an Education Specialist (Ed. S.) Certificate in Educational Leadership with a focus on applied research, measurement, and evaluation both from Louisiana State University (LSU). About the Panelists New Orleans editor, writer, filmmaker and educator Kalamu ya Salaam (b. 24 March 1947) is founder of the Neo-Griot Workshop (1995 - 2005), a Black writers workshop focusing on text, recordings and videos; co-founder with Kysha Brown-Robinson of Runagate Multimedia publishing company. His latest books are The Magic of Juju: A History of the Black Arts Movement (Third World Press - 2016), New Orleans Griot - The Tom Dent Reader (University of New Orleans Press - 2017), Be About Beauty (University of New Orleans Press – 2018). Ariel René Jackson (b.1991; Monroe LA) grew up between New Orleans & Mamou, LA. She currently lives and works in Austin, TX where she completed her MFA at The University of Texas at Austin in 2019. She is an alum of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2019) and completed an exchange program at Royal College of Art in 2018. Her work has been shown at the SculptureCenter (2019); CUE Art Foundation (2018); Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans (2018); Depaul Art Museum (2018); Studio Museum in Harlem (2016), and RISD Museum (2017). Learn more at André Fuqua was born in St. Louis, MO. He completed bachelor’s and master’s study in engineering at Columbia University, and studied painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. André’s practice is rooted in sculpture and photography. His work explores ideas surrounding space, visibility, otherness, and power. André has strong interests in material ethos, the built environment, and the American South. He has exhibited in many spaces across the US including the Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. André is currently based in Austin, Texas.