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Keith Ellison to Host Community Art Discussion

Art ClassroomMinnesota Congressman Keith Ellison will hold a public panel discussion on radical arts, social activism and change titled “Radical Transcendence” on Tuesday, April 7 from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. in the MCTC Helland Center. The event is sponsored by the MCTC Art department and will be followed by time to network and build community partnerships. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel aims to address the role of arts, galleries, museums and academic institutions in supporting thriving communities, while also considering “radical” approaches to the same goal.

Congressman Ellison held his first lecture in the series at the Walker Art Center in December of 2014 as part of the "Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art" installation titled "See, Sit, Sup, Sip, Sing: Holding Court." The installation was created by artist and University of Chicago Director of Arts and Public Life Theaster Gates. “The goal of this conversation has been to show the vital connection between art and politics through a retrospective of African-American performance artists from 1960 to the present," said Congressman Ellison.

“This is an event for the whole college and the communities it serves—especially anyone interested in the arts and discussions around the issues of race and equity,” said MCTC art instructor and event organizer Gregory Rose (pictured, right).