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Artivism: An Inspirational Flight!, with Polly Ferman

An advocate for Latin culture, its race and gender equality, as well as an educator and musician, Polly Ferman will share the importance of discovering our love for the arts and how to make it the soul of our life — to find the essence of generosity, as opposed to competition with our colleagues.

Polly Ferman is the founder and artistic director of Pan American Musical Art Research, a 501(c3) organization she founded in 1984 to promote awareness of and appreciation for the cultures of Latin America. In 2006, Ferman founded the Latin American Cultural Week in New York City ( LACW), an annual festival. Ferman also established, directs and performs in GlamourTango, EL TANGO HECHO MUJER, a unique all-female international multimedia music and dance show, the ultimate homage to Women’s Empowerment.

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The vision of Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation is to generate a movement with committed social artivists in response to historic global unrest. Artivism aims to generate community through multi-disciplinary teamwork for a more dignified and meaningful coexistence, however you define these terms. The goal of this initiative is to nurture confidence in taking continuous action from wherever you are by means of reciprocity.

Artivism: The Power of Art Social Transformation, grew out of Illuminations of Social Imagination: Learning From Maxine Greene, (Dio Press, 2019), edited by Teachers College alumni Courtney Weida and Carolina Cambronero-Varela, and Dolapo Adeniji-Neill, of Adelphi University. “The concept for this book is inspired by the late Maxine Greene (2000), who described her enduring philosophical focus and legacy of social imagination as “the capacity to invent visions of what should be and what might be in our deficient society, on the streets where we live, in our schools” (p. 5). The purpose of this volume is to examine and illuminate the roles of community organizers and educators who are changing lives through public art and community arts projects. This research originally emerged from a well-attended 2018 conference presentation and exhibition at Teachers College, Columbia University, engaging with the local and international community of arts education and arts administration.”

— Publisher’s Description

 Artivism: The Power of Art Social Transformation is jointly sponsored by Adelphi University, Sing for Hope, and the Gottesman Libraries.


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Mar 06 2023


4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


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