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Utopian World-Making: Art, Social Justice & Communities of Color Symposium

April 27, 2017

The Utopian World-Making: Art, Social Justice & Communities of Color Symopsium explores the ways in which culture and art can be used to reconstruct the place of queer communities of color in today's society. The event features round table discussions with Los Angeles artists and local Minneapolis community organizers, as well as a silent auction and a workshop for children. 

The event coincides with the "Remembrance" art exhibit, located in the Quarter Gallery of Regis Art Center-East. This exhibit runs from April 25-May 13, 2017 and features work by gay Chicano artists.

Program Events

Friday, April 28

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Welcome by Bianet Castellanos and Karen Brown
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Roundtable: Art as Institutional Practice
Moderator: Karen Brown, Director, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, University of Minnesota 
  • Eliza Rasheed, Linwood Monroe Arts Plus Upper Campus
  • Mike Hoyt, Creative Community Liaison, Pillsbury Theatre
  • Emmanuel Ortiz, Writer and Community Organizer
3:30 pm 5:00 pm
Roundtable: A Conversation with Los Angeles Artists
Moderator: Jessica Lopez Lyman, Department of Chicano & Latino Studies, University of Minnesota 
  • Luciano Martinez
  • Ruben Esparza
  • Rigo Maldonado
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
“Remembrance” exhibit and items for silent auction will be open for viewing.
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Exhibit Opening Reception and Silent Auction for Jesús Estrada-Pérez Scholarship Fund
  • Featuring poets La Lupe, Gabriela Anaïs Deal-Márquez, and Roy Guzmán
  • Dinner provided by La Loma Catering

Saturday, April 29

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Light breakfast
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Kids' workshop organized by Rebekah Crisanta, Electric Machete Studios
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Roundtable: A Conversation with Los Angeles Artists 
Moderator: Bianet Castellanos, Departments of American Studies and Chicano & Latino Studies, University of Minnesota 
  • Joey Terrill
  • Lalo Ugalde
  • Miguel Reyes
12:30 pm 1:30 pm
Lunch (provided by Afro Deli Catering)
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Roundtable: A Conversation with Twin Cities Women of Color Artists 
Moderator: Gabriela Spears-Rico, Department of Chicano & Latino Studies, University of Minnesota 
  • Oskar Ly
  • Junauda Petrus
  • Maria Cristina Tavera
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Keynote: “Self Help Graphics & Art: Art-based World-making in Los Angeles,” Dr. Karen Mary Davalos, Professor, Department of Chicano & Latino Studies, University of Minnesota

Event co-sponsors

Department of American Studies, Department of Chicano & Latino Studies, Imagine Fund Special Events, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, Department of Theatre Arts & Dance, RIGS Sanctuary Research Circle, Institute for Advanced Study, Department of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts, Latino/a Faculty and Staff Association