I spent much of the summer working with Roya Amirsoleymani at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art putting together a symposium that finally happened this past weekend. Friday was a Think Tank of local and national experts convened surrounding Holcombe Waller's piece LGBT Requiem Mass (working title). Queer clergy, liturgical experts, performing artists, musicians, socially engaged practitioners, community engagement arts administrators, scholars brainstormed opportunities and directions for Holcombe's piece. Saturday, the program shown above, had a roundtable public presentation by Holcombe and the Think tankers, a large community forum facilitated by Ruth Wikler-Luker, a Q&A conversation with Ariana Jacob and Darren O'Donnell of Mammalian Diving Reflex, and respondent remarks and public conversation with the amazing Kate Duffly and Joel Tan.
Socially Engaged Art