Wednesday, June 7
5:00 – 7:00 PM
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5 – 5:15: Can ART be a vehicle for Social Change?
Enjoy a presentation by the artists, Pamela Pike Gordinier and Julia Pavone, explaining the concept behind the exhibit, “In Their Shoes”, and its’ implementation.
Pamela Pike Gordinier is an artist and activist interested in art as a vehicle for personal and social change. Questions . . . universal, personal, timeless inform her work. An award-winning artist, her artwork is in the collections of several Fortune 500 companies and has been an elected member of the CT Academy of Fine Arts, The Copley Society of Boston, MMOA, and CT Watercolor Society.
Julia Pavone is a mixed media artist who has had numerous exhibitions in CT, NYC, Boston, RI and Vermont. Julia was the co-founder and Curator of the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art for 25 years, as well as a guest curator at the Lyme Academy, The Slater Memorial Museum, Pfizer Corporation’s Art Galleries, and the Mill Gallery at the Guildford Art Center. Julia teaches Studio Art, Art History and Art Appreciation.
5:15 – 5:30: “Out of the Shadows,” Performance and Process?
A dance addressing the issues of denial, fear and hope that was conceived by Pamela Pike Gordinier, artist in collaboration with Connecticut College students: Erika Martin, dancer and choreographer, Will Platt, composer and musician, Emily Green, Technician and dancer.
Erika Martin is a graduate of Connecticut College, from Raleigh, NC. Erika incorporates her experiences in the south throughout her choreography. She has had the privilege to perform works by David Dorfman, Kyle Abraham, Doug Varone, Ronald K. Brown, Ohad Naharin and Shen Wei. Erika is the recipient of the 2015 Martha Myers Prize and the 2017 Joan Connell Memorial Award.
Emily Green is a dance and computer science-based media and performance artist completing her third year at Connecticut College this spring. Her choreography has been performed at the American College Dance Association Regional Conference and she will be presenting a new multimedia dance work at the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology Biennial Symposium in February, 2018.
Will Platt is a sophomore Biology and Music Composition double-major at Connecticut College. His compositions incorporate and recombine a wide variety of musical genres. Two of his works have been premiered at the college. A violinist by training, he is the concertmaster of the Connecticut College Orchestra.
5:30 – 6:00: Presentation by Safe Futures
A presentation by Nazmie Batista and Amanda Boaz about the mission and goals of Safe Futures to provide hope and empowerment to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking. A mini interactive violence is preventable session by Kris Wraight and Frankie Pratts Jr. to engaged and educate guests about the issues of domestic violence in our community and the need to create social change to protect all victims.
Nazmie Batista is the Assoiciate Director of Residential Programs and Counseling Services in New London at Safe Futures.
Amanda Boaz is the Development Associate at Safe Futures.
Kris Wraight is the Supervisor of Prevention Education and Restorative Practices at Safe Futures.
Frankie Pratts Jr. is a Violence Prevention Educator at Safe Futures.