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Artivism: Becoming an Artivist, with Rowan Mckiernan

Rowan Mckiernan, Adelphi University senior and co-founder of the Artivism Club, will discuss her “Artivism” experience.

“From having no voice and wanting to make a change, but not knowing how; to having a voice, growing my confidence, publishing poems, and starting the Artivism Club at Adelphi University. This is my story of how I became an Artivist.”

Rowan Mckiernan is a senior, doubling majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice and minoring in Sociology. She is also currently in her freshman year of Adelphis Masters in General Psychology progam. She co-founded, and is currently co-chair, of the Artivism Club at Adelphi University. She hopes that her poetry and work through artivism will help others find their voice, give them the courage to use their voice, and encourage others to never stop fighting for what they believe in.

Where: Online

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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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May 01 2023


4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


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