Fallout: Collective Action Workshops

August 26, 2017 / 12:00pm5:00pm

Free with museum admission. Registration strongly encouraged.

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Organized by Kate Sopko and Angela Beallor, with Deidre McPherson

Facilitated by Francis Chiappa, M. Carmen Lane, and the Lake Effect Free Alternative Health Clinic

How can we build stronger, more cohesive movements for positive change? Participate in an afternoon of collective action workshops that will explore this and other pertinent questions.

Since the 1950s, Americans have conceived and even built fallout shelters in response to threats of nuclear war. Constant as the Sun artists Kate Sopko and Angela Beallor consider this practice in the wake of current political instability in their new installation. Fallout is a full-sized bunker built off a winning design from a competition the U.S. government ran for dual-use fallout shelters in 1967. The work includes video interviews of local citizens that explore how systemic violence, lack of protection, and manipulation of fear for political gain influences different communities.

Collective action workshops are focused on topics related to Fallout, including.

  • The history of anti-nuclear organizing in Northeast Ohio (facilitated by Francis Chiappa)
  • Tools for building stronger movements that directly contend with systemic violence in America (facilitated by M. Carmen Lane)
  • Alternative health approaches and herbal supports for building individual and community resilience (facilitated by the Lake Effect Free Alternative Health Clinic)

Collective action workshops are focused on topics related to Fallout, including.

12:00 - 12:45 PM: The history of anti-nuclear organizing in Northeast Ohio (facilitated by Francis Chiappa)

12:45 - 1:15 PM: Informal Fallout Q&A

1:15 - 2:00 PM: Lunch Break (There are local options but a boxed lunch is encouraged)

2:00 - 3:45 PM: Tools for building stronger movements that directly contend with systemic violence in America (facilitated by M. Carmen Lane)

3:45 - 5:00 PM: Alternative health approaches and herbal supports for building individual and community resilience (facilitated by the Lake Effect Free Alternative Health Clinic)

These workshops are for anyone that would like to learn about and contribute insights to what solidarity means now, in a country whose citizens come from wildly different inheritances. Lunch will be available for purchase.

This Civil Defense film was released in 1965 as a training guide for Americans to get skilled up around the possibility of facing a nuclear catastrophe. Typical of campaigns run in the 1950’s and 60’s around nuclear fallout protection, there is a front-and-center focus on protecting a white nuclear family. Most everyone else is missing. Which begs many questions that feel particularly relevant right now: In this country, who’s protected and who isn’t? How are decisions about how lives are and aren't valued made, every day, by both policy-makers and everyday Americans?

Community programs associated with Constant as the Sun are made possible by the John P. Murphy Foundation.

All 2017 exhibitions are funded by Leadership Circle gifts from an anonymous donor, Yuval Brisker, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Michelle Shan-Jeschelnig and Richard Jeschelnig, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Toby Devan Lewis, and Scott Mueller.

All MOCA Cleveland programs are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members.