ARTxACTIVISM: Civic Saturday

A SXSW edition of Civic Saturday to celebrate and reflect on how the arts intersect with activism and social justice today and throughout history. This multifaceted program will include music, poetry, and a rich panel discussion with artistic leaders from around our Austin community, featuring:
  • Whitney Avra, contemporary mixed media visual artist based in Austin. She focuses on subject matter pertaining to phases and facets of exploring feminine identity;
  • Mikala Gibson, award-winning stage and screen actress, published writer and master teaching artist. Her work has been seen on major networks such as HBO, Showtime, BET and PBS;
  • Adam Roberts, actor, artistic director, choreographer, musical director. Adam’s Austin-area credits include productions and/or faculty positions with The Actor’s School, the Austin Jewish Repertory Theater, The Long Center for the Performing Arts, TILT Performance Group, Austin Shakespeare, and Ballet Austin Academy to name a few;
  • Ya’Ke Smith, acclaimed filmmaker. He is the Associate Professor at the University of Texas Radio-Television-Film Department. His films have received world-wide acclaim, screening and winning awards at over 100 film festivals; and
  • Anh Vu, a current junior at The University of Texas at Austin, serving as moderator.
We also have a showcase of artists:
  • Yosimar Reyes, nationally-acclaimed Poet and Public Speaker. Born in Guerrero, Mexico, and raised in Eastside San Jose, Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work;
  • Jackie Venson, singer/songwritier born and raised in Austin, Texas. Obsessed with music from an early age, Venson immersed herself in its study, attending the Berklee College of Music to practice classical piano. However, it wasn't until she switched to the electric guitar that her long-simmering passion for emotive live performance was realized; and
  • Nané, high-energy six-piece outfit from Austin, TX. The band is fronted by lead singer Daniel Sahad, who is known for his "no holds barred" performance. Sahad hails from the Dominican Republic, coming from a lineage of courageous individuals who broke barriers to pursue their dreams. The band, named after a term of endearment used by Sahad's family, came together in 2016 at the University of Texas at Austin, and has been featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest 2020 and a SXSW featured band in 2020 and 2021.

Attendees must be pre-register to attend.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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