Discussion with Keiko Sono – Art in the World of Post-Capitalism

April 17, 2016 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
36 Tinker Street

Art in the World of Post-Capitalism
Artists as Bridge-Builders

How can we tap into the vast pool of creative talents and skills, much of it currently stored away and unused because of limited options for distribution? This is the question artist Keiko Sono and a panel of speakers will be discussing on April 17 at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts. Despite financial challenges, artists generate an impressive output each day. Not harnessing this abundance is not only harmful and unfair to artists, but it is a disservice to society. But how do we create a system that provides financial security and creative freedom to artists, while their service is put to the betterment for the community?

Sono has been observing the voices for collaboration and cross-pollination reverberate through the greater Hudson Valley, and just how difficult it is to implement such cross-boundary collaborations. She believes artists can apply their talents and skills in facilitating this, by building emotional bridges between communities.

Sono will give a 30-minute presentation, in which she will define the current system and its shortcomings, along with her vision forward. Afterward, the panel (panelists: Janice La Motta, Executive Director, Woodstock Artists Association & Museum; Fawn Potash, Bard MFA Program Manager; Simon Draper, Founder, Habitat for Artists; Michael Asbill, Former Director, KMOCA; and Mark Kanter, Artist, Instructor at Columbia University) will share their thoughts on what a more robust and equitable system might look like. The discussion will then open up to a Q&A, taking suggestions from the audience for a proposed new system.

View of video excerpt of Keiko Sono’s Will Work for Love (2013), which explores some of the topics to be addressed by the April 17 panel: https://vimeo.com/76763205

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