Community Artists Responding to Unnatural Disasters

Wednesday, October 20, 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Organized by the Arts and Social Justice Preconference Committee.

Presented by Ashley Milburn, cultural organizer, CultureWorks.

In the 1960’s, cities across the nation were subjected to urban renewal projects that destroyed many stable and, most often, minority communities. Baltimore, Maryland was one such city. More than 19,000 people were displaced, their homes lost, and a once cohesive and economically prosperous community cleaved in two for a highway that goes nowhere. Amazingly, a sign of resilience is that local artists continue to express themselves. These artists seek to reclaim and rebuild a community, using the arts as a catalytic force to shine a light on the people and this place.

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