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Symposium to Examine Art, Politics and Protest

The politics surrounding immigration often generate controversy. The people directly affected by policy changes often don't have a lot of options when it comes to protesting or making their opinions known. But art has always been one reliable outlet for political speech. This Thursday and Friday, a symposium on art and political resistance will be held at the Mulvane Art Museum on the Washburn University campus. KPR's Laura Lorson talked with two of the organizers of this event -- Christina Valdivia-Alcala and Connie Gibbons -- about what kinds of dialogue they hope to establish at this symposium. Connie Gibbons says that art can create a kind of common ground that's conducive to having productive political conversations.


Christina Valdivia-Alcala is the director of the Tonantzin Society of Topeka. Connie Gibbons is the director of the Mulvane Art Museum. They talked with KPR's Laura Lorson about the upcoming Midwestern Chicana Symposium at the Mulvane. The public is invited, and admission is free, though registration is encouraged. More information is available at topekaddlm.com and at this Mulvane Art Museum website

 

Connie Gibbons, Christina Valdivia-Alcala and Laura Lorson discuss the intersection of art and politics:

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