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.
Juan William Chávez is an artist, educator, and cultural activist exploring the potential of space through creative initiatives that address community and cultural issues.
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 is a political scientist at The Catholic University of America and an author addressing the philosophical revolution of the modern world.
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.
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.