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A Public Conversation: Art for Social Change and the Silent Epidemic

18th Street Arts Center

On April 24, 2013, A Window Between Worlds collaborated with Otis MFA Public Practice and the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica to present an informative discussion to provide an understanding of socially engaged art as a vehicle to bring about awareness and create social change, particularly in relation to domestic violence.

The conversation was moderated by Betty Ann Brown, Ph.D., Professor of Art History at CSU Northridge, author, art critic and curator. The following panel members were invited to share their stories and to help inform this important public conversation:

Kim AbelesKIM ABELES: Kim is a Guggenheim fellow whose installations and community projects cross disciplines and media to explore broad social issues. In 2010, Kim became the first artist to work with AWBW to give voice to survivors of domestic violence through a public engaged project; Pearls of Wisdom: End the Violence exhibited at the Los Angeles Korean Cultural Center and the Skirball Cultural Center.

Elizabeth EastlundELIZABETH EASTLUND: Elizabeth is the Director of Programs at Rainbow Services in Los Angeles County. Eastlund earned a Master's Degree in Social Work from UCLA in 1998 and specializes in counseling those who have experienced interpersonal trauma and people who are living with life threatening illnesses.

Suzanne LacySUZANNE LACY: Suzanne is a renowned artist and Chair of Fine Arts at Otis College of Art and Design. She is a theorist of socially engaged public art and author. Lacy's 1977 project Three Weeks in May had a forceful political imperative—to bring hidden experiences of rape to public attention.

NEDA MORIDPOUR: Neda was born in Tehran, Iran and moved to the United States in 2009. She received her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design. Neda's art crosses disciplines and boundaries to explore social themes and urban issues. She is currently the lead artist for AWBW's I CAN WE CAN socially engaged art project.

Cathy SalserCATHY SALSER: Cathy is an artist and the founder of A Window Between Worlds. She has spent over 20 years working to build the capacity of domestic violence shelters and crisis centers by providing art programs for battered women and their children as a resource for healing and empowerment.

This public conversation was held in conjunction with the I CAN WE CAN exhibition at the Gallery Neuartig, San Pedro Art District, April 1 - May 5, 2013. 

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