Convergence Conversations: Exploring Community-Based Social Practices in Arts Education


As part of this week's Convergence exhibition, tomorrow night there will be a provocative and lively discussion around notions of community in teaching, learning, and creating art with Jim Duignan, Professor and Chair of Visual Art Education in the College of Education, DePaul University, and Jorge Felix, Studio and Arts Exhibits Program Director, the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance. The Convergence exhibition celebrates the incredible work by students and teachers from 13 Chicago Public Schools from our 2012-2013 Veteran Partnerships Program. 

How do  communities generate teaching and learning? How do collaborations in different communities unfold? How does art enter into an educative social practice? Is community a place, or a concept? These questions and more will be explored amidst CAPE's Convergence exhibition.
The event is free, but reservations are strongly suggested. Please reserve your spot by emailing
Presenter Bios:
Jim Duignan is the Chair of Visual Art Education in the College of Education at DePaul University. An artist and educator, he founded he Stockyard Institute in 1995 in the Back of the Yards community of south Chicago. Over its history, the Stockyard Institute has built a rich and complex core of work and ideas around social justice, social practice, collaborative teaching, and learning through art. Jim's work and the work of the Stockyard Institute have been featured in such publications as New Art Examiner, Artforum, Chicago Reader, Proximity Magazine, New City, Palm Press, DePaul Magazine, AREA Chicago, Green Lantern Press, Set Up Tolerance and the New York Times. In addition to its Chicago-based practice, the Stockyard Institute has established residencies in Omaha, Nebraska, Aarhus, Denmark, and is establishing a peace center in Dublin, Ireland.
Jorge Felix is a visual artist, curator, and cultural administrator. He has curated numerous exhibits, events, and collaborative education programs in Chicago for adults and students. Jorge also works as an independent non-profit arts consultant for program development and marketing. He has an extensive list of projects and programs in arts integration, and cultural relevancy education. He served as program director at the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture of Chicago (2003 to 2008). From 2005 through 2008, he chaired the Building Community through the Arts Task Force in Humboldt Park. He currently serves as board member and chairs the program committee of the Chicago Cultural Alliance, a consortium of ethnic museums in the six county Chicago region.
Date of Event: 
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
CAC Gallery
217 North Carpenter
60607 Chicago , IL
United States
Illinois US

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