The first ACM Webinar titled The Artist in 2022: Rights and Freedoms will focus on the status of the artist, exploring issues such as artistic freedom, working conditions, artistic research, and experimentation, and professionalisation in the arts. The webinar will feature speakers exploring these issues in light of their own work and experiences, followed by interventions/questions from the audience.

Speakers: 

Lisa Russell, MPH
Emmy-winning filmmaker, UN/NGO arts curator and Founder, Create2030

Lisa Russell, MPH is an Asian American Emmy-winning filmmaker and UN/NGO arts curator with a 15+ year career that sits at the intersection of arts, social justice and sustainable development. A leader in promoting responsible engagement of artists at the United Nations and international community, Lisa is the Founder of Create2030 and Arts Envoy NFTs and is a SheDecides Global Champion, Advisory Board member of EarthxFilm and FXB Youth Climate Advocates, a TEDx speaker, Fulbright Specialist and a regular speaker at leading film/arts festivals, international conferences and universities.  

Farah Wardani

Farah Wardani is a theatre actress, trainer, clown doctor, puppeteer and applied theatre practitioner. A theatre graduate with a DipHE and BA in psychology, she is currently finishing her MA in Drama Therapy. She is a Playback Theatre practitioner, trainer, actress, conductor and faculty member of the ASPT.

Farah is the director of Laban, a Lebanese theatre-based NGO that uses social and psychosocial theatre approaches for social change, capacity building and therapy. Farah trains and uses Theater of the Oppressed, Drama Therapy and other techniques with different communities and contexts as a medium for healing, social change and political activism.

She also leads drama therapy workshops with Intisar Foundation targeting Arab women victims of war.

Lexi Parra - Photographer, Teacher

Lexi Parra is a Venezuelan-American visual storyteller and community educator based primarily in Caracas, Venezuela, sometimes in NYC. Her work focuses on youth culture, the personal effects of inequality and violence, and themes of resilience. She has a joint degree in Photography and Human Rights from Bard College (2018).  

Parra has contributed to publications like The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Huck Magazine and VICE World News. She is currently a Women Photograph Mentee (2022), a Pulitzer Center Reporting Grantee (2021) and finalist for the Howard Chapnick Grant (2020).

Parra is the founder of Project MiRA , an arts education initiative that fosters visual literacy and critical analysis with youth in the barrios of Caracas. Project MiRA has been supported by Canon USA and the Davis Peace Prize.

Join us on Thursday 12th May at 6pm CET, on Zoom. Register here.