What’s going on in your community(ies) in response to recent radical changes in the political climate? How do you or other artists you know process current events? We’d love to know, and we welcome submissions about artistic responses to social issues, and organizing efforts involving artists and creative communities. Send your photos and ideas to Peri.
In Albuquerque, two Artists’ Town Hall meetings in the past month have had packed houses, full of the city’s deep well of creatives urgently looking for ways to make a difference in a world of angsty uncertainty.
Spearheaded by Nancy Zastudil, Carlos Contreras and Ebony Isis Booth, the first Artists’ Town Hall was held November 14 at Central Features Contemporary Art, with a focus on artistic responses to trauma and violence. The success of that event and the resulting swell of interest moved the next event to the larger Tricklock Performance Laboratory where 100+ artists gathered December 12 to work together to identify routes for community and individual action. Pyragraph’s photographer Clarke Condé was on hand to document this second Town Hall.
As for the future direction of these events, organizer/curator Nancy Zastudil is soliciting feedback. “We are working to see just what this group will become and how these events can function—and much of that will be determined by you!”