Date - Wednesday, April 5, 2017
6:00 pm-7:30 pm
with Loree Lawrence (Multi and Inter-Arts and Community-Engaged Arts Officer, Ontario Arts Council)
Join us for a conversation about the vital role of socially and community engaged art and activism. The evening will feature presenter Loree Lawrence, Program Officer for Multi- and Inter-Arts as well as Community-Engaged Arts at the Ontario Arts Council. All welcome; free admission.
While the notion of participatory art is not new, social practice has gained traction in the last decade, driven by a vision of art as agent of change. Lawrence’s presentation “Field Work: Community Engaged Arts and Social Change” will explore the role of community engaged practice and how creativity shapes social change. Addressing models locally and globally that meaningfully engage issues of advocacy, justice, and community-building, she will discuss how art may foster profound social consequences and the importance of the symbolic and practical dimensions of community-engaged work in relation to a number of artist-initiated projects.
Loree Lawrence resides in Toronto. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Development and Political Science from the University of Guelph and her Master of Arts in Art Education from Simon Fraser University. She has worked in the arts and community engagement for over 30 years, joining the Ontario Arts Council in 2009. Lawrence was a founding member of Red Wagon Collective, a community art organization, lead artist of The Gathering Space, an arts initiative active in the Junction neighbourhood of Toronto, and was the founder of Jumblies’ MABELLEarts program.