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City Club of Cleveland - 1-31-2020 - Staging Transformation: Art As Social Activism
The arts have the power to deepen conversation, open minds, and call for compassion and consciousness. Throughout history, art has been used as a tool for dialogue, exploring social justice issues, and effecting positive change. Art - encompassing everything from visual works to architecture to performance and dance - has the power to address individual and social issues, confront inequality, and contribute to the achievement of a better world.

Cleveland, home to a vibrant arts scene, has featured a myriad of works that challenge audiences to consider the actions and responsibilities of society, both broadly and locally. How is art generating social and political change at the local level, in neighborhoods and communities?

Local, national, and international artists discuss art as a vehicle for activism and social change. From a play about the City of Cleveland's consent decree, to a community-driven architectural project at Riverview Welcome Center, to the Arabic language being spoken on stage, these artists discuss art, equity, and access, and how their specific works serve as acts of social justice.

David C. Barnett
Senior Arts Reporter, ideastream

Malaz Elgemiabby
Interdisciplinary Designer, Artist, and Professor

Omar Kurdi
CEO of Friends for Life Rehabilitation Services, Cleveland Public Theatre Board Member, Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ Advisory Committee and Ensemble Member

Nikkole Salter
Actress and Obie Award Winner; Playwright, "Breakout Session (or Frogorse)"
January 31, 2020