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Who Are They? Symposium

Join us at the Port Chester Senior Center for this FREE symposium. 
Please RSVP below.


Roberto Lugo moderates a panel of artists, educators, and advocates about marginalized communities and how to overcome obstacles within the community, nation, and globe. Free and open to the public.

The symposium will be located at 222 Grace Church Street, Port Chester, NY.

Roberto Lugo will present his work as a visual artist, spoken word poet, and activist. Coming from humble beginnings Lugo's work engages with notion of racial inequality, challenges of indigence by telling his story of overcoming these obstacles. Lugo creates ceramic vessels to engage with familiar objects that can speak to a diverse audience. He also interjects hip hop infused poetry to pay homage to inner city upbringing.

Joan Grangenois-Thomas asks, “at what point will we recognize that we are all accountable for making art accessible to everyone?” Joan runs a successful boutique public relations firm that specializes in working with nonprofit and social enterprise organizations. Currently, Joan is executive director of Sustainable Port Chester Alliance, a coalition of faith, labor, civic, education and individuals committed to responsible development and civic participation in Port Chester.

Sana Musasama began traveling as a way to recover identity and cultural place. Clay was a geographical catalyst that brought her first to West Africa. She studied Mende pottery in Sierra Leone (1974-75) and ventured later to Japan, China, South America and Cambodia. She is challenged by the concerns surrounding the safety of women, specifically the rituals involving rites of passage, female chastity and the “purification” of the female body.

Lauren Sandler will explore national mythologies that are maintained by our artistic and academic institutions. Her own work demythologizes status, inscribes substance in detritus, and amplifies interdependence. She highlights the overlooked and unseen, and implicates our assumptions of normal, beauty, and worth. With a background in anthropology, she examines the language of the artifact through narrative, history of use, and fluency of touch. 

Special Thanks to our Co-Sponsor, The Village of Port Chester


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Earlier Event: March 31