MOCRA Programs and Events

"The Economy of Gift" in socially engaged art practices

A Public Deliberation

Sunday, February 23, 2014  2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Xavier Hall Theatre, Saint Louis University     free and open to the public     reception to follow at MOCRA
3733 West Pine Mall, right across from MOCRA on the SLU campus
     click here for a map and event parking information

Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary, North St. Louis

The Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary is a proposal by Juan William Chávez to transform one of the worst failures of public housing into a public space that cultivates community through beekeeping and preserving green space. Photo courtesy of Juan William Chávez.

Gift involves moving out of oneself.

The economy of gift questions the dominant measure of value in the art world and beyond.

Socially engaged art practices apply artistic methods in collaboration with community members to address issues in ways that promote individual and collective agency.

This public deliberation will focus on how the economy of gift could be applied to engaged art practices that seek to contend with our most pressing problems.


Juan William Chávez

artist, educator and cultural activist exploring the potential of space through creative initiatives that address community and cultural issues
more about Juan William Chávez

Alison Ferring

artist, curator, gallery director, and board member committed to the arts as catalysts for positive change in the community

David Walsh

political scientist at The Catholic University of America and author addressing the philosophical revolution of the modern world
more about David Walsh

Roseann Weiss 

Director of Community and Public Arts at the Regional Arts Commission and advocate of pedagogy for artists and their partners in community contexts
more about Roseann Weiss

Moderated by

Ed Carroll and Vita Gelūnienė

working in-between art, community and pedagogy, based in Kaunas, Lithuania, and currently artists-in-residence at Craft Alliance in Grand Center

Please note: You can watch the embedded video, or click the Vimeo link at lower right to see the full-size video.
Click here to visit the MOCRA Voices page for this video.

This program is co-hosted by MOCRA and Craft Alliance.

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Generous funding and support is provided by the Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council, Peter & Paul Community Services, and Community CollabARTive.

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About MOCRA Voices

MOCRA Voices is a series of conversations with thinkers and practitioners at the intersection of contemporary art, religion, and spirituality. Go in-depth with artists, scholars, theologians, religious leaders, and others who are engaged in the ongoing dialogue between visual art and the religious and spiritual dimensions. MOCRA Voices includes both podcasts available for streaming and download, and public lectures delivered at MOCRA. Learn more here.

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More information

Click here for a map and event parking information. Signage will guide you from MOCRA to the adjacent Xavier Hall Theatre.

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