Week Three :: July 11–18

Art and Democracy

Artist, advocate, activist, citizen. What is the role of art — and the artist — in an active democracy? In this week, we hear from artists raising the social consciousness, challenging the status quo and engaging communities large and small toward meaningful action.

  • We consider how art and artmaking serves as a catalyst for dissent and change and has the unique ability to bring community together to heal following trauma.
  • How are the arts uniquely positioned to move the conversation forward, when other attempts at dialogue fail?
10:45 a.m. Lectures

Morning Lectures

10:45 a.m., Monday-Friday, Amphitheater

Ideas and opinions are exchanged in an open, challenging atmosphere, and Chautauqua's knowledgeable audiences have the opportunity to participate in question-and-answer sessions at the conclusion of the lectures.

Events

  • Monday, July 13, 2020 | 10:45am

    Anna Deavere Smith

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    Anna Deavere Smith, founding director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, opens our week on “Art and Democracy” with her singular brand of theatre to explore issues of community, character, and diversity in America.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, July 14, 2020 | 10:45am

    Darren Walker

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    Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, an international social justice philanthropy with a $13 billion endowment and $600 million in annual grant making.



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  • Friday, July 17, 2020 | 10:45am

    Samantha Power

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    Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power brings her experience of years of public service to the Amphitheater stage with an examination of the role arts and humanities can play in diplomacy and as a representation of a healthy, enriched democracy to the world.



    Location: Amphitheater