Weeklong series of events seeks to examine and display the many ways artists can profoundly influence social justice and community understanding

Deborah Willis Love overrules
Tisch Chair of Photo & Imaging Deborah Willis will host "Love Overrules" with artist Hank Willis Thomas at Town Hall, Oct. 21

The Tisch School of the Arts at New York University will explore the role of the arts and artists as agents for understanding and healing the world during complicated and troubling times during its first Week of Community, taking place October 17-21, 2016. Through a series of public events, including conversations, readings, panel discussions, games, and performances, community members both within and outside of Tisch will be encouraged to join together to grapple with social issues and explore how creative work can be part of the solution.

Throughout its history, Tisch has hosted numerous Days of Community in order to discuss important issues or gather in celebration. The Week of Community expands on this concept, encompassing multiple public events and activities, from presentations and performances to interactive games. A highlight will be the keynote conversation “Love Overules” on community creating intersection rather than division with distinguished artists Professor Deborah Willis and Artist in Residence Hank Willis Thomas at Town Hall, located at 123 W 43rd St, on Friday, October 21 at 5pm.

“I don’t presume for a moment to have any answers to the complex problems of our local and global communities. But I do believe that a school of the arts is the place where questions should be asked, conversations should flourish, and creative responses be encouraged,” said Allyson Green, dean of the Tisch School of the Arts. “At Tisch, we place value on meaning and empathy, civility and conversation, attention and connection. How can YOU connect this coming week to each other and to the community around us? As an arts citizen, what can you give back with your talents? I am asking each of you to participate in some way, even if it is just to have a conversation with someone you do not know, to learn about each other in the next week.”

The Week of Community is the continuation of a theme started this summer, when Tisch freshmen were required to read Aperture Magazine’s issue on "Vision and Justice." “Being an engaged citizen requires grappling with pictures, and knowing their historical context, at times with near art historical precision. Yet it is the artist who knows what images need to be seen to affect change and alter history, to shine a spotlight in ways that will result in sustained attention,” wrote "Vision and Justice" editor Sarah Lewis.

All events are free and open to the public, and will be held at the Tisch School of the Arts (TSOA) building at 721 Broadway unless otherwise indicated:

Tuesday, October 18

The Art of Justice 3
6:30 p.m, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis Flex Space 20 Cooper Square

An interactive presentation/conversation on the theme of “Mounting Inequality: Art in the Age of Diversity,” presented by the Department of Art and Public Policy. 

Thursday, October 20

Collective Reading of Giorgio Agamben's "The Coming Community"
6:30 p.m., Performance Studies Studio, Room 612

In honor of the 2016 Tisch Week of Community, Performance Studies will materialize the performative utterance by collectively reading of Giorgio Agamben’s “The Coming Community” (trans. Michael Hardt).

Friday, October 21

Solution Machine

Solution Machine is a massively-multiplayer real-world puzzle game about collective action and collaborative problem solving from the Game Center. Every Tisch student will receive a single puzzle piece by midweek and a link to a website with a series of problems to solve. To solve problems you must find other players and combine your pieces together into matching solutions.

Panel Discussion: Serving Communities Through Theatre
10:30 a.m., Room 532

The Tisch Graduate Acting Program hosts a panel conversation with three NYC arts organizations about their work making theatre with specific communities. Panelists: Gus Rogerson and Carol Ochs (The 52nd St. Project), Ron Russel (EPIC Theatre Ensemble), and Tommy Demenkoff (Stella Adler Studio, Director of Rikers Outreach)

Headshots for Haiti
11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Lobby
Students of the Tisch Department of Photography & Imaging will provide members of the NYU community as well as the general public with drastically discounted, professional quality headshots. Drop in - no appointment necessary.

Office Yoga
11:30 a.m., Room 652

Cinema Studies invites participants to take time to step away from screens and find movements that improve posture, relieve stress, and fit into your office. Join us for a 30-minute session, led by Cinema Studies Ph.D. candidate Sylvie Vitaglione. No mats or gear required.

Inclusion, Awareness, and Responsibility in Art & Entertainment: A Symposium
11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Rosenthal Pavilion, NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South

The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music hosts an array of musicians, artists, scholars, journalists, practitioners, and students to discuss ways that we might make inclusion and equity central to our art practices, and how these efforts might directly challenge the “isms” and “phobias” that plague much of our culture and society.

Heidi Latsky: ON DISPLAY
12-1:30 p.m., 6th Floor Performance Studies Theater

ON DISPLAY is a deconstructed art exhibit/fashion installation, a commentary on the body as spectacle and society's obsession with body image. ON DISPLAY is a structured improvisation movement piece designed to be performed by diverse people. Presented in an open and free space, the installation allows performers and the public alike to fully witness each other. This is a platform to experience and broadcast difference; to elevate and celebrate it within a clear context. The workshop is limited to 30 participants on a first come first served basis. No formal dance experience is required and widespread diversity is welcomed! Questions may be directed to tisch.research@nyu.edu.

A Different Lens - Day of Community @ DPI
12:30 p.m., Room 804

A student panel and community-engaged work from the students in Photo & Imaging.

Public Speeches: On Community and Politics
2-4 p.m., Washington Square Park

Graduate Acting students perform segments from contemporary and historic public speeches about community and justice.

What Stories Do I Tell?
2:30-4 p.m., Goldberg Theater, 7th Floo
The Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing hosts a thorough and wide-ranging discuss about cultural appropriation, writing within your culture, and writing across your culture.

Love Overrules
October 21, 5 p.m., Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd Street

Hank Willis Thomas ‘98 (BFA, Photography & Africana Studies) returns to the Tisch School for its Day of Community on Oct. 21 for “Love Overrules”, a conversation he will have with Deborah Willis Ph.D., University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging.

Saturday, October 22

PRAXIS Inc.: Innovate, Network, Collaborate
all day

This all-day Performance Studies event brings together current students, faculty, staff, alumni, prospective students and friends, to learn new skills, engage in important conversations, and stay connected with colleagues and peers. The event caps off with a performance of “My Barbarian: PoLAAT Intro: Post-Paradise” by Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade, an extension of their exhibition at the New Museum this October.

NOW Africa Playwrights Festival
7 p.m., 20 Cooper Square

In cooperation with the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Center for Art & Public Policy, the Tisch Institute of Performing Arts at NYU, the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at NYU, and Dr. Barbara Teer’s National Black Theatre, NOW AFRICA – a group of New York based African writers, actors, and community activists – will present its second annual playwrights festival, conceived to showcase and raise awareness of dramatic works by African writers.


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