Senior Studio and Thesis prepares our majors to launch into the competitive art world. Meet art department alumni and hear first-hand how they navigated life with a BA in Art.
Each alum in this series represents a different pathway. Join the art department for an artist lecture with Kate Shapiro ’06. This free event is presented with support from the Ellen Johnson Endowment for Modern and Contemporary Art and is open to the public
About the Artist
Kate Shapiro is originally from North Carolina with roots in West Virginia, Georgia, and New York City.
Shapiro is the membership director of SONG/Southerners on New Ground leading training and development of SONGs base and membership. SONG is a political home and membership-based grassroots organizing shop for LGBTQ Black, Immigrant, Rural, Working Class and Justice loving Southerners. Through community organizing, culture change, and coalitions and alliance work, SONG works to build a South Free From Fear. She has been a member of SONG since 2006 and on staff since 2012.
Prior to joining the staff, she worked with Spark Reproductive Justice Now, the Center for Participatory Change and the Beehive Design Collective and a stint with organized labor as well. She is a founding and continued member of the Vision and Strategies Council of the Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective and sits on the board of the Georgia Citizens Coalition on Hunger.
Silence in the South Still Equals Death:
Southerners on New Ground (SONG) is a 24-year-old regional membership based multiracial, a multi-issue organization fighting around the key racial and economic justice issues of our times. We are a political home for black, rural, working class and immigrant LGBTQ Southerners. We prioritize culture change, coalitions and alliance work and grassroots community organizing to shift institutional power and build people power.
Artists, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and communities of color have always found salvation and sanctuary in each other. Now is no different.
Join Shapiro for an interactive conversation about this political moment and the plagues, questions, and possibilities of grassroots organizing to build power in this time. How do we build power together across class, race, gender, and sexuality in a way that addresses our different experiences and our shared destiny? How do we continue to pull on the best of our legacy and traditions that center longing and desire to make material (concrete) changes in our lives especially around police and state violence? How do we combat despair, political fundamentalism and cynicism in a time of escalating violence and attacks? What are the relationships between culture change and policy change?