DALLAS ARTS MONTH
CREATIVE CONVERSATION
ARTISTS AS CITIZENS: ART, POLITICS & SOCIAL CHANGE

 

WHEN
Monday, April 8, 2019
Reception at 6 p.m. | Panel at 7 p.m. 
WHERE
Moody Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201
Parking: Parking is FREE at Lexus Silver Parking, directly across (east) Jack Evans from the Wyly Theatre

CONTACT
​Patricia Blasquez
patricia.blasquez@dallascityhall.com

FREE EVENT! RSVP HERE

Artists as Citizens:
​Art, Politics & Social Change

Moderator
Mayor Michael S. Rawlings

​Panelists
Lauren Woods, Artist and Lecturer at Southern Methodist University lecturer
Mark Lamster, Architecture Critic of the Dallas Morning News
Mara Richards Bim, Playwright, Director and Founder of Cry Havoc Theater Company

Art by its nature has a political element. The subject it’s focusing on, how it is funded, who gets to view it, and the human artist working in an ever-changing political landscape make this element of art’s nature inescapable. Yet, many still assert that art’s primary purpose is to provide an aesthetic experience – unburdened by moral, practical, or civic function.

Beyond providing entertainment and creative experiences, artists have the ability to inspire leaders and bring awareness to the public, especially during periods of national turmoil. From Picasso’s Guernica, to Gordon Parks’ social-realist photographs depicting the Civil Rights Movement, to Sunflower Seeds by contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, art is often used as a tool to promote social change. Despite this, the prevailing stereotype of the artist as aloof, isolated, impractical and inconsequential still remains.

Are the arts limited to solely representing events and ideas, or can works of art actually influence change? Some argue that to be great, art must be autonomous.

In his seventh and final Creative Conversation, Mayor Mike Rawlings will lead a thoughtful discussion with artist Lauren Woods, who creates works regarding race and history; Mark Lamster, architecture critic of the Dallas Morning News and professor at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture; and Mara Richards Bim, playwright, director, and founder of Cry Havoc Theater Company, on the role of the arts in political conversations and inspiring social change.