Touchstones offers ‘art as activism’ event series

The first event is a panel discussion, taking place Thursday, July 11 at Expressions.

How can art create social change? What role do the arts play in society?

These are some of the questions that will be explored in the Art as Activism panel discussion, taking place Thursday, July 11 at Expressions.

This lively conversation will include slides of artwork by the panelists, as well as other inspiring artists. Audience members will be invited to ask questions and offer their own ideas and responses. There will be time after the panel for everyone to mix, mingle and keep the conversation alive.

Panelists include artists Ian Johnston and Peter Corbett, community arts activist and educator Amber Santos, and curator Kiara Lynch. Touchstones Nelson curator Jessie Demers will mediate the discussion.

The event starts at 7 p.m. and costs $5 or $3 for Touchstones members.

The panel discussion is part of a series of events planned in conjunction with the exhibition Abandoning Paradise: The Northern Gateway Project, which runs to September 15 at Touchstones.

The next event will be a double-screening at the Civic Theatre on Wednesday, July 17, featuring Eyes in the Forest: The Portraiture of Jim Lawrence, directed by local filmmaker Miriam Needoba, and Manufactured Landscapes, a documentary on the photography of Edward Burtynsky.

The last event in the series is a plein air painting workshop with Corbett, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 15 at Touchstones, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 17 in an outdoor location yet to be determined.

For more information, see and click on “programs & events.”

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