I am proud and honored to have been invited to write an introductory essay on Visual Midrash for Robin Atlas and Nancy Current's exhibit catalog, On the Consequences of Hate Speech. The exhibit by the same name is currently hosted by the Bowen Island Arts Council at the Gallery @ Artisan Square (British Columbia, Canada) until June 11. This exhibit and catalog are possible with the support of the Jewish Art Salon and the American Guild of Judaic Art.
The opening on May 17 was a well-attended event where the guest of honor, Minnijean Brown-Trickey, "reflected on her experience at Central High, and all the work she's done as a social worker, civil rights activist, parent and mentor since then." I missed it, but I am happy that many people went and listened to the artists and Minnijean. Hate speech has grave consequences but we have the power to change things -- Minniejean sets a great example for all of us.
On the other hand, I found my essay in fantastic company! the great thinkers and visionaries who collaborated on this project are: Spirit Trickey, Yasmeen Nayfeh, Jacqueline Massey, Jude Neale, Natasha Boškić, Rosemary Nowicki, and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.
An excerpt from my essay:
"Visual Midrash artists use styles, media, and techniques to present meaningful and delicate narratives. It is also highly intentional and, through each piece, artists seek an inclusive connection with all viewers. However, this type of work requires active participation from its audience..." #Engage
May we all be kinder to each other, listen more to each other, and be more attentive to our world.