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.