Statera Joins Change-Makers at Culture/Shift Conference

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StateraArts leaders took some time last weekend to commune with other organizations, artists, and advocates at CULTURE/SHIFT 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, hosted by the U.S. Department of Arts & Culture.

StateraArts Creative Director Sarah Greenman and Advisory Board Member Martha Richards attended the 3-day conference of participatory workshops, performances, talks, interactive art-making and dialogue. More than forty-five workshops and sessions touched on timely and resonant regional and national themes: immigration, indigenous cultural rights, climate justice, public memory, cultural resilience, ethics of community-based arts, community development/displacement, and more.

Here are some of the themes and questions that StateraArts and others were exploring via CULTURE/SHIFT: What are the leverage points for shifting from a consumer culture rooted in isolation and inequality to a creator culture rooted in community and equity? How can Citizen Artists sustain presence, well-being, and hope in challenging times? How can we organize in our own communities and across the country to bolster support for cultural activity that cultivates empathy, equity, and social imagination?

You’ll find photos of our weekend below. Some were taken by Sarah Greenman and others were provided by the USDAC via their website. For more information about this convening and the USDAC, please visit www.usdac.us.

 Dr. Charon Hribar leads call and response song at Friday Plenary.

Dr. Charon Hribar leads call and response song at Friday Plenary.

 Creating "windows to the future".

Creating "windows to the future".

 Sarah Greenman during opening ceremonies.

Sarah Greenman during opening ceremonies.

 Lynnette Haozous on "What Represents Us" in public art.

Lynnette Haozous on "What Represents Us" in public art.

 Ella Mendoza leads a session on abolishing ICE and white supremacy.

Ella Mendoza leads a session on abolishing ICE and white supremacy.

 Makani Themba leading a plenary about the collective radical imagination.

Makani Themba leading a plenary about the collective radical imagination.

 Sarah Greenman talks with Martha Richards and Jovelyn Richards.

Sarah Greenman talks with Martha Richards and Jovelyn Richards.

 Performance by Ria Thundercloud from Sandia Pueblo.

Performance by Ria Thundercloud from Sandia Pueblo.

 Circo Radical at closing procession.

Circo Radical at closing procession.

 Closing night procession through the streets of Albuquerque.

Closing night procession through the streets of Albuquerque.