Art and Activism

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Art and Activism

Are you an artist? Are you an activist? Maybe you are both, or want to know how you can be.

School of Visual Arts, Division of Continuing Education, presents their third annual Art & Activism event, this year titled, “Takin’ it to the Streets” focusing on personalities and organizations that provide opportunities for performance and art in public spaces on Sept. 4 at SVA Theatre (333 West 23 Street).

Artists who will appear include: Kendal Henry, curator and director of New York City’s Percent for Art program; soprano and international opera star and co-founder of Sing for Hope, Camille Zamora; Juan Williams, director of Youth Services at the Hetrick-Martin Institute and celebrated artist Joan Di Lieto.

Art and Activism

Camille Zamora

Portraits of demonstrators participating in marches across New York City after the 2016 election, photographed by Stacy Arezou Mehrfar, will be displayed in light boxes located throughout the theater lobby. “Art & Activsm: Takin’ it to the Streets” will also feature giveaway items furnished by MOVE, a design collective.

A reception and performance will follow the presentation and panel discussion.

I am thrilled to be returning as host and moderator. This event is free and open to all and I hope to see you there.

Reservations are strongly suggested, so please go to


  • Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at

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