“Every Struggle is an Ecological Struggle”: Towards a Radical Arts Activism
August 10 - August 11
August 10 and 11, 2019, 2-4 PM (Participants are welcome to attend one or both sessions)
What can we learn from Beyonce, a mushroom, the human body, and an art exhibition? How do we “read the world” and learn to write alongside it? In this free workshop, artists and writers are invited to radically imagine a new arts activism that draws on multiple ways of knowing, lineages, histories, and interrelationship between the natural world and an artistic expression of balance and connection. Together we will explore ekphrasis, writing in response to art, in relationship to works of art collected in A NonHuman Horizon that help illuminate the relationship between environmental politics, anthropocentric thinking, and racialized experience. This workshop will be led by award-winning poet Raina León, and focus on California poets to conduct the workshop. We will reference the work of Aurora Levins Morales, Camille Dungy, Barbara Jane Reyes, among others, that will lead us into observation, discussion, creation, and a community project.
Image Credit: The Harrison Studio, Meditations on the Gabrieliño, Whose Name for Themselves is No Longer Remembered Although We Know That They Farmed With Fire and Fought Wars by Singing, 1976. Courtesy of The Harrison Studio.