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Happy New Year 2023!

Posted by on Sunday, January 1, 2023 in Uncategorized.

As the sun rises in 2023, we would like to take this moment to breathe and connect.

The Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice at Vanderbilt University along with our partners at The Frist Art Museum, Fisk University and Millions of Conversations reflect on the incredible support, participation and collaboration we have experienced throughout the 2022 year!  Nashville, Tennessee is a vibrant and growing arts community with roots stretching deep into history, rich in vitality and in the creation of collective futurisms.  We have been honored and humbled to work with artists from across the Global South and here in Tennessee.  We welcome all to join EADJ in our collaborative work to raise up Nashville as a center for arts creation and an amplification of the possibilities of beauty to raise consciousness, empower artists and build collectivity.  We send profound thanks and gratitude to our sponsors and to all who have participated with the EADJ program.

“To heal, suture, and recompose fractured bodies. We propose a new site of encounters, with yet undefined edges, borders, territories. These will be cartographies of the mind as well as geographies of the land…”  Dr. María Magdalena Campos Pons, Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair Professor of Fine Arts, Vanderbilt University

2023 is our year of RE-PAIR.  A time to build forward in truth, in trust and for collective futures.  How do we innovate together and what role do arts organizations and artists play in creating equitable, inclusive and surprising spaces of art, empowerment and wellness?  The Tennessee Triennial which launches its inaugural year on January 27, 2023 in Knoxville, Tennessee is an opportunity, a moment to come together, reflect, and entangle.  As consulting curator for the 2023 RE-PAIR: Tennessee Triennial, EADJ Founder, Dr. María Magdalena Campos Pons has been meeting and consulting with arts venues from Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville, building a thematic and engaging set of artistic interventions, installations, conversations, screenings, and performances with a highlight weekend in Nashville, Tennessee March 1 – 4, 2023.  Please stay tuned to our blog FRESH PRODUCE or follow us at @eadj.program on Instagram for updates.

2022 was full of building, connecting, listening & learning.  The 2022 EADJ program, Artistic Activism and the Power of Collective Resistance curated by Selene Wendt brought together artists from across the Global South in a series of episodic panel discussions and artist interventions focused on building a more Just and Equitable future together.  The program continues on January 25, 2023 at 10:00 AM CST with Episode 8: Mending the Social Fabric of Our Time.

Please join us virtually, link to register here:

We move into 2023 with deep gratitude, purpose and love.

Engine for Art, Democracy & Justice

An initiative of Dr. María Magdalena Campos Pons




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