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Artivism: Wearable Art for a Purpose, a Roundtable Discussion, with Margarita Espada and Jenna Rubaii

This round table discussion is the preface to the Artivism Fashion Show and visual arts exhibition that provokes conversations about consumer trends, fast fashion, and other commercial ailments.

Tired of social disparities? Use your purchasing power to change it! This fashion show and exhibition will start conversations about consumer trends, fast fashion, and other commercial conversations that will have you thinking before you make that next fast-fashion purchase. Fight the status quo, and get to know what your purchasing power is truly buying!

Submit your wearable art for a purpose, model, and/or perform at the event! Call for Entries!

Register for Roundtable Discussion here.


Note: The Artivism fashion show on April 19th will be followed by multi-venue exhibitions throughout the spring and summer of 2023. The wearable art presented at the fashion show will then be displayed at the following venues:

  • Adelphi PAC, Garden City, NY
  • Offit Gallery, Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College Columbia University, NYC
  • CWNY, Fort Totten, Bayside, NY

 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.


To request disability-related accommodations, contact OASID at 678-3689, as early as possible.


Apr 10 2023


4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


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