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Public Workshop with AiR Dean Spade

Art, Survival, & Transformative Social Change with February AiR Dean Spade

Sunday, February 12
1 p.m.– 3 p.m.
OSU-Cascades | Academic/Dining Building, Room 206
1500 SW Chandler Avenue
Bend, OR  97702

How do images, songs, films, performances, novels, and other works of art transform our political reality? How have artists participated in social movements? What role does art practice, both by professional artists and by anyone and everyone, have in building a more just world? How does art transform our relationships to each other, ourselves, and the planet? How does art help us survive disasters, oppression, and dangerous political conditions?

Join attorney, activist, writer, and Caldera Artist in Residence Dean Spade for an interactive workshop about art and social change. Together we will look at some of the art that has fueled and been created by contemporary movements to dismantle racism, cultivate gender liberation, oppose police violence and mass imprisonment, abolish immigration enforcement, build indigenous sovereignty in North America and the Pacific, and fight for climate justice. We will discuss how art has impacted our own political development and what role art might have in how we survive a political moment that is bringing up fear and hopelessness but also mobilization and solidarity.

This event is free and open to the public. Required registration here.


Dean SpadeDean Spade is an associate professor at the Seattle University School of Law. In 2002 he founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a nonprofit collective that provides free legal help to low-income people and people of color who are trans, intersex, and/or gender nonconforming and works to build trans resistance rooted in racial and economic justice. He is the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law. In 2015 he released Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back!, an hour-long documentary that follows a local queer-community controversy and examines the concept of pinkwashing (watch free here).


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