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Social Justice Panel Discusses Art and Activism

Hidden in Plain Sight exhibition hosts discussion on art and activism October 15


Respected writers and scholars who focus on social justice issues will participate in a special panel discussion on Thursday, October 15, as part of the Hidden in Plain Sight exhibition currently at the River Arts gallery in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. The panelists are among nine commentators who collaborated with artist Kelly Parks Snider on the exhibition, contributing brief essays on the issues depicted in the artworks.

Hidden in Plain Sight is an installation of visual media narratives, collage, steel sculpture and wood sculpture pieces by Parks Snider. The accompanying panel discussion explores how art juxtaposed with commentary on current issues can illuminate the role that power, privilege and unequal justice play in American society. The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m.

Kelly Parks Snider
Kelly Parks Snider

Collaborating writers who will appear on the panel along with Parks Snider include Jacquelyn L. Boggess, Associate Director of the Center for Family Policy and Practice; Lisa Graves, Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy; Robert McChesney, a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and co-founder of national media reform organization Free Press; Journalist John Nichols, who writes for The Nation, The Progressive and In These Times and other publications, and Inger L. Stole, an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Communication.

Other writers represented in the exhibition are: David Pate, Associate Professor in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Matthew Rothschild, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and former Senior Editor and Publisher of The Progressive; Martin Scanlan, who teaches educational leadership and policy analysis at Marquette University and Boston College, and Melissa K. Scanlan, Associate Dean of Vermont Law School and founder of founded Midwest Environmental Advocates.

Hidden in Plain Sight is on exhibit through December 7 at River Arts. The gallery is located at 105 9th Street in Prairie du Sac. Learn more about the exhibition and the artist by clicking here.