Programs and Events

Creative Activity as a Human Right
A Lender Center Conversation
November 11, 2021   |   1-7 p.m. ET   |  Virtual

Interdisciplinary artists, activists and educators with expertise in the arts, humanities and social sciences join together to examine what it might mean to rethink creativity as a universal and inalienable human right, a remedy for complicated histories of inhumanity and carelessness, and a change-making, emancipatory form of social intelligence.

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Joy, Justice, and Creative Futures
A Keynote Presentation and Q&A with Amelia M. Kraehe, Ph.D.
1-2:15 p.m.

Amelia Kraehe is the Associate Vice President for Equity in the Arts and Co-founder and Co-director of Racial Justice Studio at the University of Arizona School of Art, a transdisciplinary incubator for the study and practice of intersectional anti-racism in and through the arts.

Art as Social Response and Responsibility
A Panel Conversation with National Leaders in Art + Design Education Focused on Equity
2:30-4 p.m.

Amelia M. Kraehe, Associate Vice President for Equity in the Arts; Co-founder and Co-director of Racial Justice Studio at the University of Arizona School of Art

Injeong Yoon-Ramirez, Endowed Assistant Professor of Art Education and Affiliate Faculty in Gender Studies at the University of Arkansas

Sara Scott Shields, Associate Professor, Dept. of Art Education, Florida State University

Rachel Fendler, Associate Professor, Dept. of Art Education, Florida State University

Shyla Rao, Principal, City Neighbors Hamilton, Baltimore City Public Schools

Moderator: Dr. James Haywood Rolling, Jr., Lender Center Co-Director

Creativity = Creative Activity
A Panel Conversation with Local Creative Leaders on Youth and Civic Engagement
4:15-5:45 p.m.

Cjala Surratt, Equity and Engagement Committee, Everson Museum of Art; Board Member, Community Folk Art Center; Communications Coordinator, Light Work

Sarah Gentile, Director of Fine Arts, West Genesee School District; Former Supervisor of Fine Arts, Syracuse City School District

Kimberly McCoy, Community Engagement Organizer, ArtRage Gallery

Rochele Royster, Assistant Professor of Art Therapy, Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Syracuse University; Former Learning Behavior Specialist, Chicago Public Schools

Moderator: Dr. Tanisha Jackson, Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse University

Contemporary Art as a Call to Act
A Spotlight Conversation between Carrie Mae Weems and Helen Zubhaib, Contemporary Artists
6-7 p.m.

Carrie Mae Weems, American artist working in text, fabric, audio, digital images and installation video, and is best known for her photography.

Helen Zughaib, Lebanese-American painter and multimedia artist

Moderator: Dr. Kendall Phillips, Lender Center Co-Director


“Creative Activity as a Human Right” is co-sponsored by the Syracuse University Humanities Center and Hendricks Chapel.