"Art and the Community"
Presentations and discussion with multidisciplinary artists
Internationally renowned artists of theater, dance, music and visual art will come to Amherst for a weekend of discussion and workshops. Meet and see presentations by Ping Chong, Amie Dowling, George Mathew and Eric Gottesman in which they share discoveries they've made in their work with alternative and marginalized communities around the globe.
About the guests:
Ping Chong, known for his innovative multidisciplinary works that explore the intersections of history, race, art and technology in the modern world, will speak about "Undesirable Elements," an ongoing series of community-specific, interview-based theater works that examine issues of culture and identity of individuals who are outsiders within their mainstream community.
Amie Dowling, associate professor in dance and social justice at the University of San Francisco and artist-in-residence at the San Francisco Jails, will talk about her collaborations with incarcerated individuals on the creation of original dance/theater pieces; a most recent project is the dance film "Well Contested Sites," filmed on Alcatraz Island.
Eric Gottesman, photographic artist and organizer, will speak about a new multimedia project he is working on in Ethiopia (in collaboration with actors, writers and filmmakers) based on the life and fiction of assassinated political journalist Baalu Girma.
Singaporean-born Indian conductor George Mathew, founder and artistic director of Music for Life International and Ubuntu-Shruti, will speak about his work as a conductor in the classical music world bringing symphonic music to focus on global humanitarian issues and crises at the beginning of the 21st century.
These events are sponsored by the Copeland Colloquium at Amherst College, a yearlong initiative exploring "Art in Place/the Place of Art."