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Tough Talk: Telling Difficult Stories Through Zines
July 19, 2020, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tough Talk is a 3-hour virtual zine workshop. Participants will respond to prompts distributed ahead of time and come with some notes or ideas, but otherwise we will make our own zines about difficult stories. These stories might range from personal stories to larger reflections on troubling issues in the world. They can be about personal trauma, but are in no way limited to stories of that nature. Using collage, cut and paste art, stickers, stencils, and other creative tools, participants will spend the workshop exploring ways to tell their stories, including considering audience. We will do some self-care and group sharing, with the ultimate goal being to create individual zines that can then be scanned, copied, and shared digitally and in person. This group, while supportive, is not a psychological or social work group. It’s a creative workshop to explore difficult stories and how to tell them through hands-on activities and zines. This online class requires students to have a device to join the class with reliable internet access.
About The Instructor
Carolyn Chernoff is a media artist, activist, and educator. With roots in domestic and dating violence prevention and conflict resolution work, Carolyn is the facilitator of Arts of Resistance, a collaborative zine workshop about supporting criminalized survivors of domestic violence (https://issuu.com/carolyn.chernoff/docs/aorbrief). An experienced educator, Carolyn has been a sociology professor at Skidmore College and Muhlenberg College, and most recently, graduate faculty in socially engaged art at Moore College of Art & Design. Along with Rashida Holmes, Carolyn is the co-founder of the Girls DJ Collective; her experience in community-based arts and education includes work with the Black Lily Film & Music Festival, Spiral Q Puppet Theater, ICA Philadelphia, Mural Arts, and more. Carolyn sits on the board of directors of the Leeway Foundation, which funds women and trans artists working for social justice. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.carolynchernoff.com.
Tough Talk is a free workshop, but we welcome donations ($0-$25) that will be distributed equally to the following organizations: Black & Pink (https://resist.org/grantees/black-and-pink), YASP (http://www.yasproject.com/), Survived & Punished (https://survivedandpunished.org/), Project NIA (http://www.project-nia.org/). This online class requires students to have a device to join the class with reliable internet access.