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Art expresses joy, grief, anger, desire, and everything in between. Art helps us imagine, rehearse, and bring into existence different kinds of worlds. This hybrid panel event, organized by the PSU School of Gender, Race and Nations, invites us to reflect on various roles that art can play in political movements.

Four invited speakers discuss how they link their political and community organizing work to their artistic praxis. Panel speakers are: Yara Ghabayen, painter and illustrator; Jenna Saadeh, embroidery artist; Smokii Sumac, poet; and Sharita Towne, interdisciplinary community artist.

The event was held on May 23, 2024 at the Shattuck Hall Annex at Portland State University, and recorded on Zoom.




Sponsored by the PSU School of Gender, Race, and Nations; the Black Bag Speaker Series; PSU Department of English; the Schnitzer School of Art, Art History, and Design; and the Art Practice program.

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