Conversations in the Arts- The Arts and Women

03/12/2020 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM ET

Admission

  • $10.00

Location

Huntington Arts Council
213 Main Street
Huntington, NY 11743
United States of America
Room Number: Main Street Gallery

Summary

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.

Description

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.

She has presented her work and organized panels at the MLA (Modern Language Association), NeMLA, SALA (South Asian Literary Association) amongst others, and her work on graphic memoirs has been recently been published in Assay: A Journal of Non-fiction Studies. She is currently working on a chapter “Being and Belonging in Transnational Comics” for an edited collection, and a chapter on LGBTQ+ comics “The Queerness of Being” for the Handbook of Comics and Graphic Narratives to be published in late 2019. She also serves as the Secretary/Executive Committee member of the International Comic Arts Forum.

You can find more about her non-academic endeavors—including an upcoming webzine The Comics of Liminality that features young and diverse comic artists from around the world—at
www.kaysohini.hcommons.org/

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. 
I practiced in Jericho, NY for 20 years until the building was sold and I was in the process of adopting my daughter from Russia. I had a small office in my home for several years while I worked in Jericho. When that office closed I developed my Northport practice where I worked another 20 years. Retiring in 2017. I then had time to devote to volunteering and joined the LWV of Huntington and the Northport East Northport Drug and Alcohol Task Force. I am an elected director at both. 
I am currently co- chair of Voter Services Committee and Youth Committee for the Huntington League of Women Voters. 

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 businessmanager@huntingtonarts.org for the discount code).  

For questions  please contact Kieran Johnson, Business Manager, businessmanager@huntingtonarts.org, 631-271-8423 ext 12

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