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The Economy of Gift in Socially Engaged Art Practices: A Public Deliberation

Release date: Oct. 16, 2014

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, presented on Feb. 23, 2014, focused on how the economy of gift could be applied to engaged art practices that seek to contend with our most pressing problems.

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

Generous funding and support for the panel discussion was provided by the Regional Arts CommissionMissouri Arts CouncilPeter & Paul Community Services, and Community CollabARTive.

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Producer: David Brinker
Videography: Lifetime Media, LLC
Editing: Tangent Mind, LLC

The Economy of Gift panel

From left: Ed Carroll, Roseann Weiss, Juan William Chávez, Alison Ferring, and David Walsh. Photo by Jennifer Ickes.

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Juan William Chávez

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

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Alison Ferring

Alison Ferring is an artist, curator, gallery director, and board member committed to the arts as catalysts for positive change in the community.

David Walsh

David Walsh is a political scientist at The Catholic University of America and an author addressing the philosophical revolution of the modern world.

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Roseann Weiss

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

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Ed CarrollVita Geluniene Ed Carroll and Vita Gelūnienė work in and between art, community, and pedagogy. Based in Kaunas, Lithuania, they were artists-in-residence at Craft Alliance in Grand Center in 2014.

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