UIC STUDENT CENTER EAST, ROOM***
LATINO ARITSTS NOW CONFERENCE 2016
CHICAGO ART CONVERSATIONS, THE MAKING OF THE EQUITABLE CITY 8:
MANIFESTANDO CREATIVE RESISTENCE AND PARTICIPATORY WORK: THE 96 ACRES PROJECT
Silvia Inés Gonzalez
“It is forbidden to walk on the grass. It is not forbidden to fly over the grass.”
– Augusto Boal
This roundtable discussion co-facilitated by Maria Gaspar, Silvia Gonzalez, Paulina Camacho and Amanda Cortes will model the participatory work done through the 96 Acres Steering and Education Committees in the spirit of creative resistance. Conference attendees will discuss the ways in which art is an opportunity to redefine creativity based on individual experience and collective action. This roundtable will invite participants to use the body as a vehicle for critical reflection engaged in creative practice.
Together, we will seek to come to a better understanding of the following questions:
What strategies have we applied to the collective work we are doing? How does our model serve for critical praxis as artists? How can these strategies apply to redefining or reclaiming spaces we work in as Latinx artists, creatives, educators, historians, academics, and cultural workers more broadly? What is it that we are manifesting with our work today and moving forward?
About The 96 Acres Project:
96 Acres is a series of community-engaged, site-responsive art projects that involve community stakeholders’ ideas about social and restorative justice issues, and that examine the impact of incarceration at the Cook County Jail on Chicago’s West Side. 96 Acres uses multi-disciplinary practices to explore the social and political implications of incarceration on communities of color. Through creative processes and coalition building, 96 Acres aims to generate alternative narratives reflecting on power and responsibility by presenting insightful and informed collective responses for the transformation of a space that occupies 96 acres, but has a much larger reaching outcome.
The 96 Acres Steering Committee is a group of organizers, educators, activists, cultural workers, justice workers, students, youth and artists who have been affected by the Cook County Jail. The steering committee acts as a support system to 96 Acres artistic projects through collective dialogue and engagement, while maintaining thoughtful and sensitive accountability with the community surrounding the jail and those most affected by incarceration.
The 96 Acres Education Initiative is made up of youth, teachers, and cultural workers committed to cultivating praxis (reflection and action) through creativity, critical learning, and educational programming around incarceration issues impacted by the Cook County Jail.