Holocaust Institute Webinar to Focus on Exhibition Highlighting Art as Response to Mass Violence

Thursday, October 8, 2020
artivism exhibit

The Raritan Valley Community College Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies will present a webinar on ARTIVISM, an online exhibition that shows how the arts are used as a mechanism for preventing and responding to mass violence, Friday, October 23, from 3-4 p.m.

The program will feature Kerry Whigham, curator of the ARTIVISM virtual exhibition, and Aida Šehović from Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the artists involved in the presentation.

Focusing on the personal, emotional and historical realities of mass atrocities, ARTIVISM showcases the essential role of the arts as a grassroots tool for social transformation and a deterrent to systematic violence. It features the works of six artists and activist collectives from across the globe: Rebin Chalak Ismael from Iraq, Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Elisabeth Ida Mulyani from Indonesia, the South African Intuthuko Embroidery Project, the Argentinian Grupo de Arte Callejero (GAC), and Aida Šehović from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This presentation is coordinated through The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, which is the world’s largest non-governmental organization that trains public officials in genocide and mass atrocity prevention.

To participate in the ARTIVISM event, register at http://bit.ly/ARTIVISM or contact Michelle Edgar at michelle.edgar@raritanval.edu.

The program is being co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, & Warren Counties, The New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, and the Holocaust Education Center of the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center.

Ranked by WalletHub.com and Niche.com as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for over 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to a Planetarium, Science Education Institute and 3M Observatory; a 1,000-seat Theatre offering professional performances for all ages; and an Honors College for high achieving students.

The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, and professional development courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.

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October 8, 2020

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