MASS Gallery
507 Calles Street Suite 108
Austin, TX 78702

As part of the exhibition Regional Fictions, participating artist Julia Barbosa Landois will moderate a panel discussion addressing decolonization in educational settings.

How can educators facilitate decolonization as an internal, intellectual process, and how can art play an integral role? Our guests will discuss things like unpacking dominant historical narratives, fostering respect during difficult conversations, rethinking classroom power dynamics, and nurturing an environment of curiosity, justice, and love. Attendees will go home with educational materials and may win some art goodies from the Amplifier Foundation.

Panelists:

Maribel Valdez Gonzalez, M. Ed. leads the Education Amplifier program at Amplifier Foundation. The goal of the program is to support and amplify the voices of social change movements by creating meaningful ways for K-12 educators and students to engage with art. 

Antonio Valdez Gonzalez is a 7th and 8th-grade fine arts teacher for the San Antonio Independent School District and an active member of the Education Amplifier network.

Silvia Zuvieta-Rodriguez is a high school student and Advanced Leader with Youth Rise Texas. Youth Rise Texas is an Austin-based organization that cultivates youth as long-term leaders for justice by facilitating creative change work around criminalization and deportation.

Moderator:

Julia Barbosa Landois is a Houston-based artist and educator who has taught children, teens, college students, and elders. She currently works for Urban Harvest as a Garden Educator in public schools and will begin teaching at the University of Houston’s School of Art in the fall of 2018.

ABOUT CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
With each exhibition, MASS solicits artists to devise a program designed to provide new methods of engaging the public’s curiosity, inviting them to participate intellectually or physically with the exhibition space, as well as the artist’s work and concepts. Open and broad, this prompt can be approached in a multitude of ways: performance based, passive, or completely radical in execution or thought, and is designed to provide a new way of encountering and understanding the creative process.

MASS is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.