ARTs + Change Virtual Conference
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The root of social justice in the body is connection — to ourselves, to others, and to the earth. Our bodies are composed of the earth and reconnecting with the earth encourages empathy and deep understanding. Presenters will share the somatic process of Remnants, an immersive performance that combined dance, photography, music, and storytelling. The workshop will begin with unpacking how Remnants addressed depictions of alienation, dispossession and reconnection. We will discuss the creative process — a somatic journey through multiple mediums. Next, participants will move to engage in a shortened practice of somatic sourcing and creative work to briefly unpacking the histories of the land they are situated on.

Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp (she/her) is a dancer, educator, and activist.  She is an Associate Professor in Dance at the University of Rochester. For 20 years, her creative work has been selected for multiple residencies and performance projects across the country. She is committed to a community-engaged art practice receiving multiple grants from the Center for Community Leadership in Rochester NY. Her work has toured festivals including Assemble Festival in Detroit, MI; Southern Vermont Dance Festival; Richmond Contemporary Dance Festival; Rochester Fringe Festival; MAD Festival; Vision of Sound; and Dances at MuCCC. From 2016-to 2020, she co-organized Artists Coalition for Change Together (ACCT), an organization committed to arts and change. She was the recipient of the 2020 Western NY Choreographers’ Initiative Award. Currently Rose is exploring the relationship between the body, the environment and the role the body plays in environmental justice, climate change and beyond.

Stella Wang A multilingual writer and translator, Stella (she/her) teaches a range of first-year writing courses at the University of Rochester. For the Writing Studies minor, she offers an interdisciplinary translation course where students experiment with different types of translation from academic translation to audiovisual translation (AVT), zero in on the distinct challenges in interpreting across languages and cultures, and apply their learning to a culminating para-professional community-engaged transcreation project. See course-related websites: Code-Meshing Pedagogy: Encouraging the Expression of Identity in Writing, Speaking, and Arguing and Authentically Urban, Virtually Global: Southwest Rochester.

Andrea Gluckman she/her  Andrea is an international award-winning photographer and writer who uses her platforms of academics, activism, and art to witness and leverage the stories of communities devastated by mass violence to assist in rebuilding efforts. Originally from the deep South of the United States, Andrea has turned her attention back to her natal landscape to reckon with the deeply violent histories of racism using the skills and tools developed for international conflict. She is currently based out of Rochester, New York, where she teaches and works collaboratively with artistic communities on issues of social justice, indigenous truth-telling, and anti-racism work.

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