Thu, Oct 12|
American Visionary Art Museum
Creating Art, Creating Change: Art as a Tool for Social Justice
Join us in Baltimore for an extraordinary evening of art and storytelling, as we explore the connections between racism, anti-Semitism, and the transformative power of art and stories to counter hate and build a thriving democracy.
Time & Location
Oct 12, 2023, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230, USA
About the Event
RSVPs recommended but not required
We are honored to present Eric Ward, one of the nation's leading experts on the relationship between authoritarian movements, hate violence, and preserving inclusive democracy, as our esteemed guest speaker. He will share his profound insights into the intersection of anti-Semitism and racism, and how he has harnessed the power of art to disarm structural racism by building collective community power. Eric will be in conversation with Art & Remembrance's Board member, Cecile Lipworth.
Baltimore's own The Stoop Storytellers, will precede the conversation showcasing authentic and personal narratives from local residents who have used their art to bring about social change.
The program draws inspiration from the powerful art work of Holocaust survivor Esther Nisenthal Krinitz, Esther and the Dream of One Loving Human Family, now on exhibit at AVAM in partnership with Art and Remembrance.
Eric K. Ward, Executive Vice President at Race Forward, has tracked and responded to bigoted violence across the country for nearly four decades. He has worked with leaders from government, law enforcement, business, and civil rights groups to advance civil rights work.
As a performer, Eric works with musicians to advance racial justice and inclusive democracy ideals. Using his singer-songwriter talents he helped launch the Western States Center Inclusive Democracy Culture Lab.
He is the author of several books and numerous articles including Skin in the Game: How Antisemitism Animates White Nationalism.
In 2021, Eric became the first American recipient of the Civil Courage Prize, adding to the awards and distinctions he has received throughout his career, including the Peabody-Facebook Futures Media Award.