The Activist Newsletter (11/8 – 11/16)
This week (11/8 – 11/16), activists have the opportunity to participate in speak-outs, open mics, presentations, panel discussions and interactive workshops! Read on if you want to get involved in the community regarding gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, racial equality, or activist art.
Thurs., Nov. 9, Me Too: Evening of Solidarity for Survivors @ 6:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Black Crow Coffee Co., 722 2nd St N, St. Pete, FL 33701
This event is a safe space for sexual assault survivors to speak out and heal facilitated by Ashley Sweet, MA, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and the St. Pete Women’s Collective. There will be zine making, collaging and writing exercises along with delicious treats provided by Black Crow Coffee Co. This event is ages 18+ and it is intended for women, transwomen and femmes only. For more info, check out the event page on Facebook.
Fri., Nov. 10, Coming Out Monologues @ 7 – 9:30 P.M.
Four Winds Café, 5800 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
This open mic style event works to amplify LGBTQ+ voices and provides a platform for connection, validation and affirmation of queer experience. Participation through any medium of expression is welcome, including poetry, spoken word, music and monologue. Individuals can also anonymously submit their monologues to QUEERY Club members before or during the event. Allies are more than welcome to attend and respectfully listen. Food and drinks will be provided by Four Winds Café. For more info, check out the event page on Facebook.
Sat., Nov. 11, Theater of the Oppressed @ 12 – 4:30 P.M.
Fogartyville Community Center, 525 Kumquat Ct, Rear, Sarasota, FL 34236
In this interactive workshop, participants will learn general principles and tools of Theater of the Oppressed through games and exercises to be used as social intervention tools. No theater background is necessary. Tickets are $10 per person and the workshop is limited to 30 people. Tickets will be available at www.fogartyville.org. For more info, check out the event page on Facebook.
Tues., Nov. 14, The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power @ 5:30 – 6:30 P.M.
891 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34236
In her book Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power, Susan E. Cahan investigates how African American artists and museum professionals struggled for access to NYC’s elite museums. Drawing on numerous interviews with artists and analyses of internal museum documents, Cahan gives a detailed and picture of the institutional forces that inhibited racial justice in New York’s museums. Cahan is a scholar and curator who has held positions at the MOMA, the New Museum of Contemporary Art and several universities among others. Limited copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by the author. For more info, check out the event page on Facebook.
Tues., Nov. 14, The Art of War @ 5:30 – 7 P.M.
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College of Florida, Sarasota, FL 34243
The New College Public Archaeology Lab presents Brian Zepeda, a Seminole tribal artist and historian, to give an engaging presentation on his impressive artwork. The lecture is free and open to the public. Please RSVP at https://donate.ncf.edu/newtopics20172018. For more info, check out the event page on Facebook.
Wed., Nov. 15, Art as Protest @ 6 – 8:30 P.M.
The Studio@620, 620 1st Ave S, St. Pete, FL 33701
This panel discussion invites a diverse group of artists and organizers to discuss the ways they apply creativity in their socially-active work. The evening will include a short cocktail hour followed by presentations and panel discussion. There is a suggested $5 donation at the door to benefit the ACLU Pinellas Chapter. For more info, check out the event page on Facebook.
Thurs., Nov. 16, Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead @ 6 – 8:30 P.M.
Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave S, St. Pete, FL 33711
Frank Meeink, author of “Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead,” will share his personal story. By age 17, he was roaming the country as a skinhead leader and Neo-Nazi recruiter, with gangs that would beat people indiscriminately. By age 18, he was convicted of kidnapping and beating a member of a rival skinhead gang. In prison he befriended men of different races who he used to think he hated. Now a noted speaker and author, Meeink’s life stands for tolerance and diversity. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by calling The Florida Holocaust Museum at 727.820.0100, extension 301. For more info, check out the event page on Facebook.