Art in Response to Violence Conference returns to Northeastern

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Northeastern Illinois University will host the 6th International Art in Response to Violence Conference on Oct. 22.

Scholars and artists will demonstrate and discuss diverse ways of using the arts to express, document and heal the experiences of those who have been affected by violence.

The conference, which will take place on Northeastern’s Main Campus, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Chicago, will include a variety of presentations, participatory workshops, and art exhibits that cover topics from war and domestic violence, to natural disasters and social injustice.

On-site registration is $30 or free with NEIU ID. Continuing Education Units available for counseling professionals for a $20 fee. Contact Saba Ayman-Nolley, chair of the Department of Psychology, for more information.

Here are the planned sessions:

9 a.m., Golden Eagles Room
Opening

Welcome: Associate Provost Vicki Roman-Lagunas
Musical Greeting:  Santoor by Ravand Samaeekia
Breakfast                                                                                                                                     

9:25-10:40 a.m., Golden Eagles Room
Keynote Presentation
Black Lives Matter, White Lies Madder: Can the Arts Help Us?
Presenter: Jenny Hereth

The keynote presentation provides information and images about wrestling with the current onslaught of international and national violence and injustice and how the arts can bring us awareness and healing.

10:50-noon, FA 206
Workshop A: Maggie Puckett
Seed Bombs! Guerrilla Gardening with Seeds 

Join the guerrilla gardening movement through fun, non-violent political action. Make seed bombs with local activist-artists at this hands-on workshop.

SU 214
Workshop B: Elka Kazmierczak
Using Inside Me–Outside Me: Drawing Protocol to Assess Self-Perceptions and World-Views

This workshop will introduce participants to a projective drawing protocol that uses art making to explore self-perceptions and world-views affected by trauma and abuse.

1:40-2:55 p.m., FA 206
Workshop C: Judy Sutherland
Encouraging Creativity and Resilience through Group Art Therapy

This workshop will demonstrate, through experiential learning, an approach to group art therapy as developed by Sadie Dreikurs. The group will be experimenting with collage work to enhance a feeling of belonging and to deepen resilience.

FA 141
Workshop D: Lenora Lee
Stories in Motion Through Dance and Movement

Explore and engage in a creative process filled with movement and writing, utilizing performance as a means to heal from trauma, and engage in community building.

3:05-4:05 p.m., SU 214
Workshop E: Britteney Black Rose Kapri 
Finding Your Voice: Spoken Word and Poetry  

This workshop includes a performance by a Young Chicago Author teaching artist and a writing exercise based upon an area of interest. A discussion will follow based upon the experiences of the participants.

4:15-5:15 p.m.
Peace Fire

5:40-6:55 p.m., Golden Eagles Room 
Louder than a Bomb: Performance by Young Chicago Authors Artistic Apprenticeship Students

Young Chicago Authors was born from educator and writer Bob Boone’s realization that few resources existed in Chicago for teens serious about creative writing. In 2000, visionaries including YCA’s Artistic Director Kevin Coval launched Louder Than a Bomb, now the country’s largest team poetry festival for young writers.

Oct. 19-23

Art exhibits at Library café and second floor of Steinberg Fine Arts Center