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Arts and Activism Series: Mark Strandquist and Kate Deciccio

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Exploring Social Art Practice in Action

A look at successful and highly impactful models bringing substantive change through creative practice.

The first of the series looks at the work of Mark Strandquist and Kate Deciccio, both work to create radical change through building empathy through visual and social campaigns.

Mark Strandquist has spent years collaborating with incarcerated men, women, teens, and those in re-entry to create public art and advocacy projects. At the core of his practice is the belief that those most impacted by the criminal justice system are the experts that society needs to listen to. By connecting those directly affected with a multitude of community experts and political stakeholders, we can utilize art to create change on personal and systemic levels. His projects range from working with incarcerated youth to train the entire Richmond Police Department; to connecting incarcerated men and women with thousands of people through interactive public art installation; to creating teams of lawyers, artists, and formerly incarcerated individuals to help facilitate free legal clinics that have cleared the records of thousands of individuals.

Kate Deciccio, is an artist, activist, and educator. She believes that art can be a powerful tool for self-reflection, for resistance, and for building relationships and community. One of her poster creations was highly visible at the Women’s March on Washington, to which she also brought a large artwork in her continuing series addressing the effects of police brutality. We will discuss how her work has been used directly in justice movements from the Women’s March, Black Lives Matter and several social justice movements around the country. "I want my work to make people feel seen, heard and validated. I want people to feel called to action to engage in working for equity."

Presented by Fundred Dollar Bill Project

December 17
1-3 PM
Location: H-Space