Third Annual Forward Union Fair
Where: Red Bull Arts New York
220 W. 18th St.
212-966-5200 Price: Free
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Forward Union and Red Bull Arts New York are pleased to announce the third Forward Union Fair, an annual two-day social action fair that serves as a coalition-building initiative, connecting social justice organizations with artists and creative communities. Participants in this year’s fair will unite in their dedication to informed civic engagement and voter participation, and will additionally explore such themes as immigration, gun control, and healthcare through art installations and public programs.
Spread across both floors of Red Bull Arts New York’s dynamic space, the art installations featured at Forward Union Fair will elucidate and provoke dialogue around timely social and political issues.
Session One: Healthcare & Reproductive Rights
Towards Racial Equity in Healthcare with the New York Health Act
In this panel discussion, healthcare professionals and health equity advocates will talk about the New York Health Act (NYHA), our state-level plan for single-payer universal healthcare, how it might address systemic racism in New York’s healthcare system, and strategies for future action.
- Roona Ray, MD, MPH, family doctor, activist with Campaign for New York Health, Board Member, PNHP NY Metro Chapter
- Daniel Neghassi, MD, family physician at HRHCare Community Health, supervising physician at Columbia-Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership, Board Member, PNHP NY Metro Chapter
- Katie Robbins, MPH, Director, Campaign for New York Health
Moderated by Nichole van Beek, artist, teacher, and activist
Healthcare & Reproductive Rights Consciousness-Raising Meeting
National Women’s Liberation invites women to gather and answer questions from personal experience. As a group, we will compare the similarities and differences in women’s testimonies to study oppression.
Consciousness-Raising is used as a tool for examining the political root of so-called personal problems. We will look at who is oppressing us, who benefits, who pays, and how to fight back.
The session will include a briefing on what Consciousness-Raising is, its history, and why they use it; time for people to testify and tell their stories; discuss the similarities and differences in the testimonies to draw pertinent and action-inspiring conclusions.
Led by Stephanie Kollgaard and Jamie Hoffman, National Women’s Liberation
We Make America: Making Sessions
Providing hands-on art making opportunities for fair visitors gives people of all ages a chance to make something personal and meaningful—and inspire voting and political engagement.
Spearheaded by the artist, activist group We Make America, visitors can personalize wearables, including fabric Statue of Liberty torches, cast- resin torch pins, leather pendants, and buttons made with your design.
In addition, attendees can decorate cardboard “VOTE” signs to hang in windows and on doors as well as vote postcards.
No advance signup required. Join us!
Session Two: In Response to Gun Violence
Discussion & Workshop: This Is Not a Gun
This Is Not a Gun is a traveling ceramic workshop that catalyzes conversation around human rights violations and systemic racism through collaborative making. In this hands-on workshop, participants are invited to sculpt from clay a series of ubiquitous objects that have been mistaken for guns by police officers in shootings of unarmed individuals.
Jade Thacker and Jessica Angima will offer a series of questions for discussion during the making, featuring readings from the recently published “31 Objects” on Montez Press. This is the 8th workshop since March 2017.
The workshop will take place immediately following the discussion. Attendees to the discussion are encouraged to stay for the hour-long workshop.
Another Protest Song: Karaoke With A Message
Another Protest Song: Karaoke with a Message (2008 – ongoing) looks to the karaoke songbook as potential for political enunciation through song. Karaoke is communal, social, musical. With protest karaoke, song choices may speak of present political struggles and histories, rather than music consumed primarily as products of popular culture.