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Online event – Why We Need Artists Right Now

1:30PM to 3:30PM

En ligne

  • Friday, February 18, 2022 – 1:30pm – 3:30pm via Zoom
  • TGIF Social Hour – an informal networking opportunity 3:30pm – 4:30pm

State of Emergence: Why We Need Artists Right Now

An SAA Online Event in response to Shannon Litzenberger’s Thought Piece State of Emergence: Why We Need Artists Right Now

The pandemic disruption has amplified the ways in which the systems and policies that shape contemporary Canadian society are producing harmful outcomes for many. A climate crisis. A health crisis. An economic crisis. A crisis of wellbeing. A crisis of spirit. A crisis of care.

Given the existential dilemma we find ourselves in, what would it mean for a society to ambitiously mobilize artists to do their most essential work well and fully, with the aim of catalyzing transformative change? Could the chaotic domain of the artist’s creative process be the fertile ground from which a healthier, more sustainable system of cultural production emerges?

Join Shannon Litzenberger and Saskatchewan-based artists Kris Alvarez, Erica Violet Lee, and Yvette Nolan to discuss the unique role artists have to play in this moment of re-emergence and social transformation.