Montgomery College Visual and Performing Arts Department Artist Panel Discussion with Resident Artist Hannah Brancato

By Editorial Team on November 30, 2021
Courtesy of Montgomery College The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center.
Talk: Thursday, December 2 at 12pm

The Montgomery College Visual and Performing Arts Department of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus presents Fall Semester 2021 artists’ panel discussion featuring artists Nuala Cabral, Alexis Flanagan,

Ignacio G Hutìa Rivera, Samara Ama Chandra, and Jadelynn St Dre. The artists’ panel discussion will be at 12:00 PM on Thursday, December 2nd. This event will be held via ZOOM webinar. Please go to the Arts Institute page (https://www.montgomerycollege.edu/special-programs/arts-institute/index.html ) to register for this artists’ panel discussion. This event is free and open to the public. 

About the Discussion
Move Slowly is a series of conversations with anti-sexual violence activists, about the resilience and care that it takes to change culture and continue building on a movement to end sexual and intimate partner violence. For this panel discussion, the interviewees will discuss how our experiences working to end sexual violence might offer insights and guidance for young activists working on any issue.

About the Resident Artist
Hannah Brancato’s practice is grounded in collective storytelling, and the creation of public rituals to bring people’s stories together. Currently, she is documenting the role of art in social justice work through her creative and teaching practice.

About the Participating Artists
Nuala Cabral is an educator, activist, and award-winning filmmaker, who has produced films about gender-based violence and helped young people create films about the topic. Her film Walking Home (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2Qpi-fW6jAf), about street harassment, became her entry point to activism and organizing over a decade ago. 

Alexis Flanagan is a cultural worker, writer, painter, healer, community organizer, and non-profit leader working at the intersection of art and activism in the DC Metropolitan Area.  Alexis is currently the Assistant Director of HopeWorks of Howard County, a dual sexual assault and domestic violence center in Columbia, Maryland.  

Ignacio G Hutía Xeiti Rivera prefers the gender-neutral pronoun, They, is an Activist, Writer, Educator, Sex(ual) Healer, Filmmaker, Performance Artist and Mother. Ignacio has over 20 years of experience on multiple fronts, including economic justice, anti-racist and anti-violence work, as well as mujerista, LGBTQI and sex positive movements. 

Sanahara Ama Chandra is a sound healer, professional singer, griot, activist, nurse, and mama of two. She is a truth seeker and Warrior who creates Medicine songs – simple catchy rhythms and messages that easily reset people to a place of love. 

Jadelynn St Dre is a facilitator, trauma therapist and interdisciplinary performance artist, based out of Durham, NC and the Bay Area, CA. She has worked within the antiviolence movement for over a decade, seeking to uplift the voices of those often forgotten or silenced within the mainstream movement. 

About the AIR Program
Currently, the AIR program is being run virtually due to COVID-19 pandemic. Visit Artist in Residency Program (https://bit.ly/3aegEYd) for more information. 

Traditionally the Artist in Residence (AIR) program provides artists with studio space for up to one semester in duration. Studios provided are highly visible and placed in an interactive academic setting. To maximize interaction with academic programs, residency dates will align with the academic calendar. 

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center is located at 930 King Street CF120, Silver Spring, MD.