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Facing turbulent times through art with Art for Change, November 29-December 1

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The Bloomington-Normal Arts Collective (BNAC) will hold Art for Change, a three-day exhibition responding to the turbulence surrounding the recent election.  The exhibition runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 29-December 1, in room 110 of the Center for the Visual Arts (CVA) on the Illinois State campus.

All events are free and open to the public.

Organizers are putting out an open call for artwork for the exhibition. All art submitted will be accepted and installed. Artists can drop off work at CVA 110 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, November 28, or from 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, November 29. Art must be picked up from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, December 2.

Talks and performances will be held Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday’s presentations will be dedicated to the theme “Release,” while Thursday’s will be dedicated to the theme “Rebuild.” All attendees will be encouraged to make spontaneous drawings or paintings on a 40-foot gallery wall covered with paper.

The schedule includes:
Release: Wednesday, November 30
Noon-1 p.m.: Bystander Intervention Training
1-2 p.m.: Mayuko Nakamura with a seminar on privilege and inclusion
2-3 p.m.: Musical performance by Justin Vickers and cello performance by Larkin Babbit
3-4 p.m.: Spoken word performances by members of IsReal Arts

Rebuild: Thursday, December 1
Noon-1 p.m.: Barry Blinderman talk on Day Without Art
1-4 p.m.: Tabling organizations from campus and potluck organized by Whitney Johnson

“It is important to have days for both ‘Release’ and ‘Rebuild’ to simply acknowledge the wave of emotions we all experience during tumultuous times—a release can be an instantaneous and emotional action, whereas rebuilding is more of a thoughtful yet arduous process,” said Jason Judd, curator at University Galleries of Illinois State University. The exhibition and events coincide with World AIDS Day (Day With[out] Art), observed globally on December 1 in commemoration of those lost to AIDS.

More information available is by contacting bnacollective@gmail.com or Judd at (309) 438-2615.

 

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