Let Us Vote! Talk

March 9, 2021 / 7:00pm

Free. Registration required.

This program will take place offsite at: 

Zoom

Let Us Vote! illuminates the limitations of the voting process in its ability to affect change and highlights the creative ways artists have helped reveal these limitations. Centering Aram's Official Unofficial Voting Station, a collaborative project that collects perspectives of those excluded from the voting process, this discussion demonstrates the ways art can be used to showcase the multiplicity of voices that have been historically underrepresented and ignored by institutional and government systems. “Let Us Vote!” is facilitated by Aram Han Sifuentes and features L.A.-based artist Carol Zou; Sarah Ross and Carl Williams, members of Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project (PNAP); and Samuel Rodriguez and Aminah Muhammad of Mural Arts Philadelphia, who will detail the ways in which they activated Official Unofficial Voting Station projects within their own communities.

Let us Vote! is presented as a part of the Getting to Know Aram Han Sifuentes artist residency.

Registration required. You will receive a Zoom link 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.

Get to know the panelists:

Aram Han Sifuentes is a fiber, social practice, and performance artist who works to claim spaces for immigrant and disenfranchised communities. Her work often revolves around skill sharing, specifically sewing techniques, to create multiethnic and intergenerational sewing circles, which become a place for empowerment, subversion and protest. Her work has been exhibited at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago Cultural Center, Moody Center for the Arts, Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum, and the Design Museum. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Loyola University, Chicago.

Aminah Muhammad (She/Her) is an African American Muslim from Philadelphia, PA. Aminah is the creator of M.Canvas, an online business that creates both original and custom pieces that showcase the beauty of black-inspired art. As a young black artist, Aminah participates in the Mural Arts Philadelphia "Artrepreneur" program to learn ways to rebrand her business and discover ways to help out her local community.

Sam Rodriguez is a muralist and a multi-disciplinary teaching artist with the belief that art creates social change. Based out of Philadelphia, PA. Sam has been teaching art for more than 11 years in the Mural Arts program. Sam merges art and entrepreneurship to teach his students essential skills needed to create lasting social impact in today’s creative economy. In his artistic practice, Sam organizes collaborative mural painting projects that bring together businesses, artists, and community members. He uses his work to highlight a shared mission to make the world a better place.

Sarah Ross is an artist whose work uses narrative and the body to address spatial concerns as they relate to race, gender, access, class, anxiety and activism. In 2011, Sarah co-founded the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project (PNAP), a cultural project that brings together artists, writers and scholars in and outside Stateville prison to create public projects. She is a contributor to Chicago Torture Justice Memorials—a recent four-year campaign for reparations for survivors of Chicago police torture. Sarah’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Currently, she teaches sculpture and art education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Carl Williams was wrongfully convicted and formerly incarcerated for almost 27 years. He is an advocate for prison reform, youth restoration and healing, and young adult issues. Carl is committed to supporting incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women, advocating on their behalf regarding issues of mental health, education, rebuilding, jobs, limits, and their rights inside and outside of prison. Currently, he works for the Chicago Torture Justice Center, serves on the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program Committee for DePaul University, and regularly participates in speaking engagements centered around criminal justice and the rights of the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated. Carl is also an entrepreneur and the owner of Royal Men Solutions.

Carol Zou facilitates creative social change projects with a focus on racial justice, informal labor, and public space. She is a reproductive laborer, insofar as joy, connection, creativity, social change, and being the “cool aunt” constitutes reproductive labor. Current and past affiliations include: Yarn Bombing Los Angeles, Michelada Think Tank, Trans.lation Vickery Meadow, Project Row Houses with the University of Houston, Asian Arts Initiative, American Monument, Imagining America, US Department of Arts and Culture, Spa Embassy, and Enterprise Community Partners with Little Tokyo Service Center. She believes that we are most free when we help others get free.