INTERNATIONAL CENTRE OF ART FOR SOCIAL CHANGE hosts Arlene Goldbard Sunday October 18th, 2-5pm


If you ever wondered how the arts are changing people’s lives around the world, ICASC invites you to step into conversation with luminary Arlene Goldbard.  A provocative independent voice for our times, Arlene Goldbard is a writer, social activist, and consultant who works for justice, compassion and honor in every sphere, from the interpersonal to the transnational.  Hosted by Judith Marcuse, this free event will enrich and energize, inform and engage you with the diverse and burgeoning world of art for social change/art in community.

Creative Renewal:  How Art Can Save Us Now
A Dialogue with Arlene Goldbard
Sunday October 18th, 2009 – 2pm To 5pm (doors at 2pm, program begins 2:15pm)
Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC
Free Event - RSVP online by October 13th
Economies, governments, communities, families, individuals—all of us are struggling for a foothold as social and economic foundations shift beneath us. Seismic social movement can be frightening, reminding us how little it is possible to control the future. But it can also be exciting, because in times of heightened uncertainty, real and significant change is possible. One urgently needed change concerns our thinking about culture, the crucible of our resilience, wisdom and creativity. It needs to move from the margins—arts work as a nice but not necessary frill—to the center of our public discourse about how to build humane and open societies. The old ways of entering communities, exploring issues and envisaging the future just don't work anymore, because they fail to engage the whole person. The times demand all our skill and creativity, challenging us to make everything we do simultaneously powerful and effective as art, as spiritual practice and as political action. What can we as individuals and organizations do to embody this new truth and bring it to the forefront? What can you do?

Creative Renewal:  How Art Can Save Us Now is proudly presented by the International Centre of Art for Social Change ; a partnership between Judith Marcuse Projects and Simon Fraser University, with assistance from the Community Arts Council of Vancouver.

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