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CATSKILL CONVERSATIONS: Art that Builds A Story Of Resilience


2-4pm EST

Art creates a kind of time travel, and a kind of medicine. Creating art can be a healing practice when honoring a human life, bearing witness to vulnerability, or commemorating a moment in history. Join visual artists Simi Stone (NY), Robin Kissinger (MI), and Tani Ikeda (WA) for a powerful and inspiring conversation on visual art as a means to honor, heal, and build a story of resilience. These three artists have all found a true story in the art they make, have reached others thru their creative risks, and found connections thru their intentional expressions of love.

Please give what you can – this event is sliding scale! 

Register in advance and receive the zoom link 48 hours before the event. Participants may ask their questions in the chat and will have access to re-watch the archived video of this event for a year! 

Simi Stone

Woodstock’s own Simi Stone, already known to her community as a captivating musical performer, is gaining distinction for her visual art. A June article in the Washington Post featured her pastel of George Floyd, an emotional outpouring of creativity and protest, and referred to Simi as a “witness to history.” She credits art with saving her life, and she honors a positive vision of self love, freedom, nature, and peace with her luminous use of color and form. 

Robin Kissinger

Growing up on the south side of Chicago, Robin Kissinger began transforming trash and into sculptural art from an early age. He later uncovered his Indigenous ancestry and continued on a path as a painter and a maker of traditional Native artforms from nontraditional materials. Robin lives in rural Michigan and is a parent, multimedia artist, gallery curator, and basketball coach with a passion for collaborating with youth, encouraging the creative voice within, and listening to Mother Earth.

Tani Ikeda

In 2012 on the anniversary of her rape Tani Ikeda penned a letter to her younger self that ended with the words: “this is my survivor love letter.” Since then the hashtag #SurvivorLoveLetter has become a viral social and art movement helping thousands of survivors hear the message that not only are they believed and supported, they are loved. Tani joins us from Seattle and her work and message have been featured in Teen Vogue, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, CNN and more. One of her large-scale murals can be seen in Kingston, NY. 

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