THE SANCTUARY SERIES: Creating Art, Creating Change with Kavita Das

September 16
with Kavita Das

The current socio-political climate is eliciting responses from artists across art forms, echoing the role artists and writers have long played during times of strife and change. Yet there isn’t a singular way to address social issues as an artist. Some address social issues directly through their work, while others see their work as apolitical and prefer to address social issues through activism. Still others are not comfortable with direct activism and yet effect meaningful change within their broader artistic communities.

Kavita Das came to writing after working in social change for 15 years, on issues of homelessness, health disparities, and racial justice. As a writer, she focuses on culture, race, feminism, social change, and their intersections. In this workshop, Kavita will discuss the many paths towards effecting change as an artist and guide participants through conversations and exercises to help them connect or reconnect with this work. Participants will also learn from fellow artists who are addressing social issues in similar and different ways, and will leave with concrete next steps they can take to effect change.

Kavita Das writes about culture, race, feminism, and their intersections, having worked in social change for fifteen years, on issues ranging from homelessness, to public health disparities, to racial justice. Nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize, Kavita’s work has been published in The Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Washington Post, NBC News Asian America, Guernica, Quartz, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Colorlines, and elsewhere. She’s at work on a biography about Grammy-nominated Hindustani singer, Lakshmi Shankar, who played a pivotal role in bringing Indian music to the West, to be published by Harper Collins India, as well as a collection of personal essays. Find Kavita on Twitter @kavitamix and her work at kavitadas.pressfolios.com

This workshop is part of The Sanctuary Series. This series of workshops brings together artists, healers and educators in collaborative sessions that ask participants to creatively imagine desired cultural and community outcomes as well as their role within those outcomes. Held in New York City, Hudson and other locations, these are 2-3 hour workshops centered on writing or visual art-making.

Logistics: Schedule, Fees, How to Apply

Workshop Schedule and Location: This afternoon workshop takes place from 1 to 4 PM in the heart of the East Village in Manhattan at The Neighborhood Preservation Center. 232 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003.

Fee: Each workshop in The Sanctuary Series costs $60 or $125 for all three. Millay Colony Alumni receive a 15% discount.

To Apply: Send an email with a brief introduction/bio to Caroline Crumpacker at director@millaycolony.org. Send a $25 deposit via PayPal using our DONATE Button. You can also send a check to The Millay Colony for the Arts, 454 East Hill Road, Austerlitz, NY. Attention: Workshops. Make checks payable to The Millay Colony for the Arts.  

For more information please get in touch with Caroline Crumpacker at 518-392-4144 or director@millaycolony.org.

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