ABILENE – “Make Art, Not War,” a Kansas Town Hall program, will be presented at the Eisenhower Presidential Library Museum and Boyhood Home. The presentation and discussion is set for Sunday, November 6th at 7 p.m. in the Visitors Center Auditorium. Part of the Pulitzer Project in Kansas, the free public program is presented in partnership with the Kansas Humanities Council.
The program will be presented by Erika Nelson, an independent artist, educator, and director of the World’s Largest Things, Inc. Her research interests include roadside attractions and outsider art environments. She explores the back roads of the United States in search of the odd and unique in her mobile museum, the World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things.
Throughout our turbulent history, Kansans have vociferously and voraciously pursued the greater good, working both within established systems as well as outside these systems to affect change. With these movements come a rich array of protest art–art made to draw attention to a topic of great concern in the hope of eliciting change or expanding the conversation.
From John Steuart Curry’s depiction of John Brown’s call to action to M.T. Liggett’s politically charged fence-line artwork, protest art in Kansas includes an array of forms. Sometimes humorous, sometimes biting and often clever, this presentation will look at the ways artists craft their messages.
The program is presented in conjunction with the annual Kansas Social Studies Conference to be held November 6 and 7, 2016, at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home. The conference, “On the Map – Reaching for the Stars,” includes four workshops and twenty concurrent sessions over the two-day meeting. For more information and to register for the conference, visit www.kssocialstudiesconference.