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church and state – i want what SHE has

232 “Spirituality and Politics” with Marielena Ferrer – Separation of Church and State

It’s the second Mo(o)nday of the Month and that means the return of Marielena to talk Spirituality and Politics. Marielena Ferrer is a socially engaged visual artist who serves as the chair of the Kingston City Arts  Commission. She also chairs the Alianza Cultural de Kingston, an advisory board for the promotion,  connection and celebration of the arts and cultures of the diverse Hispanic communities, and is the Executive Director of Humanamente, a diversity and inclusion consulting organization. 

Today we talk about the separation of Church and State, or the lack thereof.

Her upcoming artist residency with interactive art making is running from July 15-August 20 at WAAM and then she’ll be exhibiting August 20–September 11.

Artist Marielena Ferrer will have a six-week residency and interactive project from July 15–August 20 in the YES gallery, which Ferrer will use as a studio space. Ferrer will lead a series of 30-minute workshops that invite visitors to engage in collective artmaking. While creating paper butterflies with the artist, visitors will discuss the ideas that Ferrer’s work probes, including the monarch butterfly migration quest, its symbolic connection to migrant children at the U.S.-Mexican border, the Trump-Pence administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy and the negative consequences of the policy on the health and well-being of immigrant and U.S. citizens alike. A subsequent installation of the artist’s paper butterflies will be on view from August–September 11 in the same gallery.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS Opening Reception Saturday, July 16, 4-6pm WAAM will host an opening reception to celebrate the beginning of the artist residency and a new round of exhibitions throughout WAAM’s galleries.

Artist Talk Saturday, August 20th, 3-4pm Marielena Ferrer will discuss her work and residency in a roundtable conversation.

WORKSHOPS A series of workshops with Marielena Ferrer will be offered on a drop-in basis throughout WAAM’s open hours during the designated weekends below. Workshops are free, designed for people of all ages, and no reservations are required.

Saturday, July 16, 4-6pm Opening Weekend: To begin her residency at WAAM, Ferrer will invite visitors to come to the YES gallery and learn about her process and project.

Friday, July 22–Sunday, July 24, 12-5pm Upstate Art Weekend Throughout Upstate Art Weekend, which celebrates the cultural vibrancy of upstate New York, Ferrer will lead 30-minute workshops in which visitors learn to create paper butterflies. Visitors will also have the opportunity to chat with Ferrer and discuss the conceptual underpinnings of her work.

Saturday, July 30, 12-5pm Focus on Families Visitors will learn about butterfly migration and make butterflies for the WAAM installation. Drawing materials will also be available for kids and families to draw and explore WAAM exhibitions.

Saturday, August 6, 12-5pm Installation Day The full exhibition of Ferrer’s butterflies will be installed in the YES gallery, as visitors are invited to join the artist in exploring human and animal migration and the importance of art and activism.

Here’s the article we discussed about religion in the government.

YWCA’s Women Who Roar for the Y Gala.

Here’s Voice Theatre’s Summer Youth Workshop info. Registration closes July 20th but could fill up before then. Scholarships are available too!

Here’s the Full Moon Report from Tanaaz at Forever Conscious.

Today’s show was engineered by Ian Seda from Radio Kingston.

Our show music is from Shana Falana!

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