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Engine for Art, Democracy & Justice Launches Spring 2021 program

Posted by on Thursday, April 1, 2021 in News and Events.

The Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice, a trans-institutional partnership comprising Vanderbilt University, Fisk University, the Frist Art Museum, and Millions of Conversations, will launch its Spring Program on April 1st, 2021. The EADJ, founded by Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair and Professor of Fine Arts María Magdalena Campos-Pons, is a forum for diverse and inclusive discussion about the role of art in forging a more just and democratic future. The EADJ 2020-2021 program, “Living in Common in the Precarious South(s),” curated by Marina Fokidis, founder and director of the journal South as a State of Mind and core team member of Documenta 14, continues from the Fall.

The Spring Program will consist of four unique but interrelated episodes that will take place throughout the month of April. These episodes will include three webinars that bring together artists, scholars, and activists from around the world and three artist “interventions.” These interventions, all happening locally in the Nashville community, act in thematic conversation with the webinars. Two interventions, a new sound performance by alejandro t. acierto and a concert by Vanderbilt Blair School of Music’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, will celebrate the legacy of revolutionary composer and performer Julius Eastman. The third intervention will be a largescale art installation at Fisk University by globally-renowned artist Ibrahim Mahama.

Spring speakers will include: Mary Jane Leach, Sumanth Gopinath, Molly Barth, Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Paul C. Taylor, Cecilia Alemani, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Jamaal Sheats, Diana Campbell Betancourt, Kimberly Drew, Tabita Rezaire, and Christian Nyampeta.


See the full program and register for webinars here:


Key Dates:

 April 1: alejandro acierto performance

April 7: Webinar: Black Notations: Afro-American Composer Julius Eastman

April 14: Contemporary Music Ensemble Performance

April 16 or 17: Opening of Ibrahim Mahama art installation at Fisk University

April 21: Webinar: Public Art—as Network(s) Between Dispersed Geographies

April 28: Webinar: On Pigmented Futures


Noteworthy links:

Link to Vanderbilt News Release:

EADJ Home Page:

EADJ Spring Program:

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