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Conversations in the Arts- The Arts and Women
213 Main Street
Huntington, NY 11743
United States of America
Room Number: Main Street Gallery
Conversations in the Arts offers participatory talks with artists and scholars from our community to help us enrich our arts experiences and more fully understand the values and contributions the arts add to society. Huntington Arts Council proudly offers this forum to help stimulate and promote the arts. Engaged inquiries and dialogues are a healthy way to explore ideas and facilitate collaborations and networking opportunities. Please go to our website for more information on upcoming topics.
The next Conversation will be MAR 12, 2020, 7 – 8:30pm: The Arts and Women. This talk will focus on the power of women and the arts in honor of Women’s History Month, creating a dialogue on what it means to be champions of women through the arts. It will explore our understanding of women’s contributions to the arts in America and locally, showing how women have advanced and how society values equality and the contributions of all our citizens.
Erika Duncan, Executive and Artistic Director/HERstory
Sally Shore, Artist
Kay Sohini, PhD Student & Instructor, Humanities/Stony Brook University
Moderator Deborah Cosher, League of Women Voters
Herstory’s Founder and Artistic Director novelist and essayist Erika Duncan, has devoted her life to giving voice to stories that have been silenced and unsung. Her novels, A Wreath of Pale White Roses and Those Giants: Let them Rise, chart the search for expression. Her portraits of writers (written when she was a contributing editor for Book Forum and collected in Unless Soul Clap its Hands: Portraits and Passages) all touch on the moment when a writer found her or his voice. This search for a spark is picked up in her front-page series for the New York Times Long Island Weekly, where for a four-year period her portraits of writers, artists, teachers, scientists and musicians appeared every month.
With the founding of Herstory Writers Workshop in 1996, she developed a pedagogy based on passing along the dare to care, while providing an environment of intensive instruction which, in addition to creating literary works, upholds values of empathy, inclusiveness, and the search for social change in the expression of voices that historically have been silenced. Her two manuals, Paper Stranger: Shaping Stories in Community and Passing along the Dare to Care: A Mini-Memoir Course for Younger Writers have formed the basis of Herstory’s facilitator training institute and fellowship program, which is a permanent part of the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook University.
Kay Sohini is a doctoral scholar and an illustrator based in New York. Her work seeks to examine how autobiographical/autoethnographical graphic narratives possess an openness to difference, that is often missing from normative models of discourse, and how this characteristic can be utilized (by artists and scholars alike) to represent marginalized voices and decolonize crip and queer spaces.
Sally Shore studied fine art at Kent State University in the late 1960’s with a concentration in graphic design. She took a weaving class just before graduation. Ms Shore wove commissions for architects’ and designers’ clients and then owned a graphic design studio in the late 1970’s. She began working with ribbons in 1991. Since then, Ms Shore has been experimenting with color, value, texture and weave structures – concentrating on tri-axial, or “mad” weave: an Asian basket making technique which can yield cubes, stars and many other optical illusions. Now a full-time fiber studio artist, she spends her time ribbon weaving, beading, felting, knitting, digital fabric design, fabric collage and teaching.
Deborah Cosher grew up in Queens. Attended St. John’s University, Biology major, then New York Chiropractic College. I graduated with honors from both. I was on the faculty of NY Chiropractic College until it moved upstate. I continued my education and became a Diplomate in Chiropractic Orthopedics. I was a member of the NY Chiropractic Association and the American Chiropractic Association.
These talks take place in our Main Street Gallery, 213 Main Street, Huntington NY 11743 form 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm and are open to the public, admission is $10 for non-members. $5 for members (Contact Kieran Johnson email@example.com for the discount code).
For questions please contact Kieran Johnson, Business Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 631-271-8423 ext 12
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