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Aesthetics of Doing: Learning as Social Empowerment
Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director of The Laundromat Project

Pepón Osorio, artist & Laura Carnell Professor of Community Art, Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadephia

George Emilio Sánchez, performance artist, writer & educator


How can dialogic teaching and learning be used as a strategy for social engagement?

This learning process, originally developed by Paulo Freire, empowers people by giving them a forum for sharing their existing knowledge. It equalizes the teacher-student relationship by building education and problem-solving on a foundation of community-based practical understanding, raising awareness of social justice and other issues facing communities. Socially engaged art is rooted in communication and interaction, ideally creating experiences that bring people together to enact social change. How do methods of learning that foster dialogue influence the way socially engaged artists develop their practice? This panel will bring together artists and educators who create artistic projects that use tools of participatory learning and audience empowerment to foster social engagement.

Aesthetics of Doing is a series of panel discussions that bring together artists, scholars, administrators and other members of the art community for discussions that critically address socially engaged art as it is practiced and defined.


George Emilio Sánchez: “Dialogic process is confirmation and affirmation of who we are at that moment. […] It’s not a path – it’s the thinking we need to get to.”

Kemi Ilesanmi talks about social bridging and creative capital in relation to dialogic process.

Q&A with the audience discusses dialogic technique in relation to power. Who is empowering who and who has agency?