This Sunday at 7 pm – Amy Wilson in the panel discussion “Arts as a Catalyst for Change,” sponsored by the Jersey City Theater Center

Posted by on Oct 1, 2020 in Activism, Events, Faculty | No Comments

This Sunday evening at 7 pm, artist, activist, and VCS faculty member will participate in “Arts as a Catalyst for Change,” a half-hour panel discussion sponsored by the Jersey City Theater Center as part of a weekend-long series of events commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Jersey City Art and Studio Tour (JCAST). In the discussion, the panelists will address the following three questions:

How have you utilized the arts to make changes for the community as artists, educators, leaders. What are the most important qualities in a community leader?

How can we work together as artists and activists to make positive changes in our community?

How can art serve as a catalyst for the dialogue between different sectors of society like government, religion, education, non-profit and business?

Amy’s fellow panelists include: Rabbi Bronwen Mullin,  Leader of Congregation at B’nai Jacob in Jersey City,  theatre professor, and singer; Joe Waks, artist and  Project Coordinator from the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development; and Pamela Nicole Johnson from the Jersey City Anti-Violence Coalition.

The full press release and schedule of events for both days is below. You can RSVP and register to receive a Zoom link for the panel discussion at this page on the Jersey City Theater Center website.


Jersey City Theater Center Commemorates 30 Years of JCAST with Arts and Social Justice Series

JCAST will be celebrating its 30th anniversary October 5th, 2020 with online programming of exhibitions, artist talks, performances and demonstrations making it possible to experience the best of Jersey City’s arts scene while sheltering in place.

Jersey City Theater Center is proud to partner with Jersey City and JCAST by presenting Artivism: An Arts and Social Justice Lecture Series. During these times we believe it is important for artists and art organizations to address and focus on social justice expression through the arts and how we can help our community seek justice and heal.

JCTC has invited community leaders, educators, and artists to take part in a conversation about activism and social justice in the context of film, visual arts, and theatre presented during the series. The schedule is as follows:

JCTC – Art & Social Justice Lecture Series 


( 30 min. ) Artivism on the 21th Century 
Visual Artist & Cultural Activist & JCTC Board Member

( 30 min. ) ARTFOX & 111st. Street : A Community of Artists 
Visual Artist & Teacher & Co – founder of ARTFOX

( 1 hour. ) Film & Social Justice 
Exec.Director, Thomas Edison Black Maria FIlm Festival & Global Insights Collection

( 30 min. ) Photography & Social Engagement  
Internationally known photographer and editor for the Daily News in NYC.

( 30 min ) Immingratin & Community Engagement  
Entrepreneur & Author of GO BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY book.

( 30min ) Q&A with Guest Speakers 
coordination by Olga Levine & Duda Penteado



(15 min.) Theatre and Art as a Voice of People
Olga Levina/ JCTC’s Artistic Director

(30 min.) Arts as Global Connector
South African Theatre Director, Reviewer Jaci de Villiers (moderator)
International Theatre Companies and Artists

( 30 min ) Community Engagement & Art and Social Activism  
Visual Artist & Program Director, Office of Cultural Affairs Mary McLeod Bethune Life Center
Christine Goodman (Director of City of Jersey City Cultural Affairs)

(5min) Lorenzo Pickett (Slideshow)
(5 min) Luis Alves Collage (Slideshow )
(5 min.-10min) video Greenville 

(30 min) Community / Arts as a Catalyst for Change 
Ibn sharif Shakoor, Lorenzo Pickett (Greenville Residents and Artists)
Amy Wilson, Rabbi Bronwen Mullin, Pamela Johnson

(30 min) Arts and Education
Ericka Adams (moderator); Invited: Superintendent, Dr. Walker,
Brigid D’Souza  (NJ Together, Civic Parent ), Heather Williams

( 30min ) Q&A with Guest Speakers 
coordination by Olga Levine & Duda Penteado


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