“Can’t We All Get Along?” a panel discussion inspired by “Coexistence,” the major new outdoor art exhibit now on display (see photo) on the grounds of The Hartford Insurance Group (corner of Asylum Avenue and Cogswell Street) will be held on Thursday, June 14 from 6-8 pm at the Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Downtown Hartford.
Hartford arts, religious, and education leaders will engage in a conversation on issues of diversity such as race, ethnicity, religion and gender. Panelists will include Dr. Donna Berman, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Dr. Heidi Hadsell, Hartford Seminary and Dr. Calvin Woodland, Capital Community College. For more information, call 695-6295 or visit www.hplct.org.
In addition to the discussion at the library, the YWCA of the Hartford Region will host a free and open to the public seminar on the role of art in transforming society. The forum will address topics such as the relationship between art and social change, how art can transform society, and what can art can achieve that social activism cannot.
The program is presented in conjunction with the Coexistence Project exhibition and will be held on Wednesday, June 13, starting at 6:30pm in the Soromundi Room at the YWCA Hartford, 135 Broad Street, Hartford (across the street from the exhibit).
“Coexistence” is an international traveling arts exhibition that brings the universal message of diversity and acceptance of others to the world community through about 45 billboard-sized striking images created by artists from across the globe.
The exhibition was initiated and created by curator Raphie Etgar and the Museum on the Seam in Jerusalem supported by the von Holtzbrinck family of Germany. Participants are asked to view the exhibit before attending the forum.
The panel will consist of Patty Mitchell, founder of Passion Works, Lex Leifheit, Assistant Director of the Green Street Art ProjectCenter in Middletown, and Luis Cotto, owner of La Palomba Sabanera coffeeshop and bookstore in Hartford.
Advanced reservation is required. The forum will be moderated by Mike Alewitz, professor of art at Central Connecticut State University and Artistic Director of the Labor Art and Mural Project.