The Role of Art and Artists at the U.S.-Mexico Border

June 27, 2020, 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Session Type: Discussion

During these challenging times, how are artists creating welcoming and engaging experiences that explore the complex stories of border communities? It’s easy to forget that the U.S.-Mexican border is a real place where people live, work and cross on a regular basis. Artistic interventions and collaborations are powerful tools with which to engage communities impacted by bi-national transition and identity in the US–Mexico border regions. Join this impassioned panel to learn about creative ways that artists and arts administrators are working with border populations and their approaches to creation and engagement. During the second half of the session the presenters will open up the forum to the audience so they can ask questions of the presenters or share their community-focused work. The goal for the session is to encourage open dialog and create a platforms that foster empathy through artistic practice and engagement.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn about the initiatives and practices of artists that are exploring the experiences of U.S-Mexico border populations.
  • Hear lessons learned and frameworks for this community-focused work, and build upon these ideas with best practices from your own experiences.
  • Discuss public art as a catalyst for discussing contemporary concerns and the impact it can have in building awareness and empathy.