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The Brooklyn Conference: Inspiring Social Change

October 19, 2017 - October 21, 2017

| $25 - $115

We are organizing a major gathering of artists, filmmakers, writers, and performers alongside leaders, activists, and elected officials for two days of dynamic and thought-provoking programming. The Brooklyn Conference explores the intersections of art and social justice, shining a light on what unites and separates us as a nation, and in hopes of inspiring a more connected, civic, and empathetic world. Join us for some creative thinking about social change.

Earlybird tickets are available until September 11 (45–$115).
Student and artist discounts ($25 – $85) are available by emailing tickets@brooklynmuseum.org. Limited number tickets available. A Networking Boxed Lunch is available for $19 dollars a day.
Kick off this two-day conference with artist Judy Chicago and the opening of the exhibition Roots of “The Dinner Party”: History in the Making. The evening features a conversation with Amanda de Cadenet and a reception.

The first day of the conference includes a full day of programming and networking from 9 am – 6 pm, followed by a cocktail reception from 6 pm – 8 pm.

Speakers include:
Keynote: U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D ‒ New York)
Charles Blow, op-ed columnist, The New York Times
Tania Bruguera, artist
Bob Bland, co-founder, Women’s March on Washington
Murad Awawdeh, Director of Political Engagement, New York Immigration Coalition
Deborah Berke, architect; Dean, Yale School of Architecture
Rashida Bumbray, curator, choreographer
Amanda de Cadenet, photographer, producer; creator of The Conversation, on Lifetime
Katie Capiello, teacher, writer, director
Judy Chicago, artist
Sarah Sophie Flicker, performer, activist
Jodi Archambault Gillette, President Barack Obama’s special assistant for Native American affairs
Ebony Noelle Golden, founder, Betty’s Daughter Arts Collective
Sally Kohn, political commentator, CNN
Shaun Leonardo, artist
Paola Mendoza, filmmaker, activist
Carmen Papalia, artist
Adam Pendleton, artist
Claudia Rankine, writer
Laurie Jo Reynolds, artist
Linda Sarsour, co-founder, Women’s March on Washington
Alvin Starks, Open Society Foundation
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress
Hank Willis Thomas, artist
Roberta Uno, theater director; founder, ArtChange US: Art in a Changing America

The final day of the conference includes a full day of workshops and film screenings from 10 am – 5 pm, followed by an evening reception.
Mirror/Echo/Tilt: Performance Workshop Led by Shaun Leonardo
Protest Poster Workshop: Hosted by Amplifier
The Women’s March Presents “The Resistance Revival” Workshop
Open Access: A Demonstration by Carmen Papalia
Staging Change: The Fusion of Theater Arts and Activism by Katie Cappiello
Teen Photography Workshop: Hosted by GirlGaze (free)


October 19, 2017
October 21, 2017
$25 - $115
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Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York 11238

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