New Book in bookstores July 9th!
A year of weekly interviews, 1949-1950
by Alfredo Cardona-Peña
Every Sunday for a year, Alfredo Cardona Peña sat with Diego Rivera in the artist’s San Angelín studio, where they discussed Rivera’s feelings about the elitist aspect of paintings in museums, his motivations to create public art for the people, and his memorable, unedited expositions on the art, culture, and politics of Mexico.
These historic interviews take the reader on a journey through the mind of one of the most influential and provocative Mexican artists. This work is a unique resource for a deeper understanding of Diego Rivera’s motivations and world view, and is fundamental to researchers of Mexican art and Rivera’s effect on politics and society in the twentieth century.
For the first time, this extraordinary and rare exchange has been translated into English by Alfredo’s half-brother: poet Alvaro Cardona-Hine.
Celebrate the launch with Una Tertulia in Dallas
Learn how Diego Rivera’s views of the world, art, and politics are relevant today!
The Tertulia will also feature live music and an original ¡Órale Diego! cocktail. Program: 7:30–9:00 pm. Free and open to the public.
More July Events
Big History Association Conference
July 26–29, Villanova, PA: The International Big History Association strives to understand the interconnectedness of humanity and the earth. This fourth biennial conference will present on the theme: “Big History, Big Future: A Cosmic Perspective.” Carl Anthony, author of The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race, and Paloma Pavel, author of Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty, will be presenting the experience of African Americans and African diaspora communities in today’s world.
Teach Art for Social Change
Mat Schwarzman, coauthor of Beginner’s Guide to Community-Based Arts has designed an online course for middle and high school teachers on how to implement art in the classroom to use as a force for social change. Hosted by Xavier University, the course begins on October 3.
Register now before the July 31 priority deadline!
Sabra Moore in The Women’s Art Journal
Displacement as the New Segregation
First it was bus seats, now it is homes.
Click here to read an extended post on our blog!
Colorlines’ Summer Must-Reads
Colorlines shared their Summer Book Roundup, an annual list intended to deepen understanding of the current political climate and how to fight back. Homeboy Came to Orange was featured as one of the “must-reads” of the summer in the activism category thanks to Ernest Thompson’s inspiring journey “to fight for labor rights and racial justice.
ioby Summer Party
During ioby’s 10th anniversary celebration, they honored early project leader Mindy Thompson Fullilove, author of Root Shock and Urban Alchemy, for her work. She spoke later, “When a community is able to get together and advocate for a neighborhood, great things happen.”
ioby believes that it should be easy to make meaningful change “in our backyards” – the positive opposite of NIMBY. They mobilize neighbors who have good ideas to become powerful citizen leaders who plan, fund and make positive change in their own neighborhoods.
Mindy Fullilove’s Summer Reading List
Understanding and Overcoming Slavery’s Legacy of Inequality
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, author and community activist, recommended a summer reading list to prepare for the upcoming 400th anniversary of division in American society. On that list are three books that define our history and provide a groundwork on which to build our future:
- Voices of a People’s History by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove
- Homeboy Came to Orange: A Story of People’s Power by Ernest Thompson and Mindy Thompson Fullilove
- The Third Reconstruction by Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II
Looking Ahead: Upcoming September Books
A comprehensive illustrated guidebook for engaging children and youth in the process of designing their communities
by Victoria Derr, Louise Chawla, and Mara Mintzer
From a history of children’s rights to case studies discussing international initiatives that aim to create child-friendly cities, Placemaking with Children and Youth offers detailed practical guidance in how to engage children and youth in the planning and design of local environments. It explains the importance of children’s active participation in their societies and presents ways to bring all generations together to plan cities with a high quality of life for people of all ages.
Citizen artists revitalize place, celebrate culture, and inspire social change
Edited by Lynne Elizabeth and Suzanne Young
With revised resources throughout the text, this richly-illustrated compendium of multicultural human-interest stories depicts an intersection of creativity and sense of place that offers an introduction to the field of community-based arts. The detailed profiles of nine diverse grassroots projects and their founders in Works of Heart will inspire and inform both community development professionals and citizen activists.