Using art for social justice is focus of North Central’s global human rights event

Feb 24, 2014

With poverty reduction as North Central College’s global human rights focus this year, two guest speakers will give a lecture and artistic demonstration on the connections between poverty and women’s rights.

Their free lecture, titled “Using Art for Social Justice,” will take place at noon, Friday, Feb. 28, in the theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall.

Feminists and artists Melissa Potter and Miriam Schaer collaborated on a Soros Arts and Culture Program funded project, “Crafting Women’s Stories, Lives in Georgian Felt.” Their 2013 project brought together groups of women in Kakheti, an agricultural area of Republic of Georgia, to learn about artists’ books in combination with handmade felt—an indigenous craft in the Republic of Georgia. Their Feb. 28 talk will draw on those experiences and a workshop on felting will precede their talk.