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Lecture / Discussion  |  Burchfield Connects: LIVE - The Art of Activism

Thursday, May 27, 2021, 7–8 pm

Please join us for our next Burchfield Connects: LIVE digital event. You'll be able to stream the event from wherever you are! This month we'll be featuring a panel discussion on the art of activism through the lens of the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA). The panel will be streamed on the Burchfield Penney Art Center Facebook page and on Zoom. This program is supported by the Cullen Foundation.
THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2021, 7:00pm–8:00pm
The Art of Activism: The Roles of the Arts and Everyday People In Creating and Passing Laws to Achieve Climate Justice, Class Justice, and Racial Justice
What is the relationship between the arts, the law, and the world we live in? How can everyday people achieve climate justice, class justice, and racial justice? How do artists’ decisions and voters’ decisions shape lawmakers’ decisions? How does what happens in New York State shape what happens in the wider USA, Ontario province, and the world?
Join us for an evening of insights about art, activism, the climate crisis, and the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA). The CCIA is a NY State bill (Senate Bill S4264A; Assembly Bill A6967) that will, once passed into law, create hundreds of thousands of well-paid green jobs, fund the building of green infrastructure, provide transitional funding for fossil fuel industry workers, prioritize investment in frontline communities most impacted by pollution, and move toward protecting everyday people and the planet for a sustainable future by making corporate polluters pay for the harm they cause. Activist-organizer Jim Anderson will facilitate a discussion with activist-organizer Kelly Camacho, artist-activist Kyla Kegler, and educator-scholar-artist-activist Dr. Thohahoken Michael Doxtater.
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When: May 27, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Burchfield Connects: LIVE -The Art of Activism Panel
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Jim Anderson is an activist and organizer for intersectional social justice and international peace with over 50 years of activism experience on the frontlines of issues. He serves as National Vice President of Peace Action, President of Peace Action New York State, Statewide Vice President of Citizen Action of New York, Board Member of Campaign for Peace Disarmament and Common Security, and Advisor to Reverse The Trend (a program of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation). He also is host of Conversations with Jim Anderson, a weekly talk radio show in Buffalo, NY. Jim is a Vietnam combat veteran of the Marine Corps.
Kelly Camacho is the Climate Justice Organizer at PUSH Buffalo. Kelly works locally for environmental justice by facilitating the Eco Justice Team, a group of community leaders addressing their climate concerns. Kelly is a part of the NY Renews coalition, which is building a stronger climate justice movement in NY State led by frontline community members and people of color, and which is currently working to pass the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA). Kelly is a Latina from the East Side of Buffalo, is a City Honors High School alumna, and has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University at Buffalo.
Kyla Kegler is a painter, performance-maker, and writer whose practice employs a range of media from cardboard to video. Across all of these media, she uses humor and sensation to highlight the awkward feelings of being human, and to point at what is urgent for the betterment of life on earth. Currently she is directing and producing House On Fire, a national youth climate justice drama in three episodes, made in collaboration with over 30 young activists and artists from across the USA, and premiering on the internet and live at Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art on June 12th, 19th and 26th. Her current painting exhibition "Your Boundary is My Trigger" is up now through July at Kingfish Gallery and opens with a second collection at Fitz Books on June 4th. Learn more about her at
Michael Doxtater (PhD, Cornell University) is Ryerson University's specialist in Indigenous Creative Practice. A leading senior communications specialist, he has published internationally and has produced, directed, and written award-winning documentaries and dramas for academic and public audiences at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). He held an executive role with Canadian government departments and agencies in the field of public communications at RCAP, TRC, Health Canada, Indian Affairs, and PMO. With expertise in teaching and learning, Doxtater worked on the frontier of the digital age at Cornell University, McGill University, and with Ontario’s Indigenous Institutes. As a faculty advisor, counsellor, and instructor, he specializes in organizational learning, leadership, and IT learning environments in Canada and the US. He has wide experience in facilitation and mediation services in the Indigenous community with Six Nations Against Pollution (SNAP). As a professional in mediation and conflict resolution, he has worked at Oka, Tutelo Heights, Red Hill Valley, and Eagles Nest. He worked as a senior facilitator and advocate for action planning in Indigenous organizations, local governments, and grassroots community groups. Doxtater's research journalism focuses on Action Research, organizational learning, and multiliteracies. Doxtater is from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory 100 kilometers south of Toronto, Canada. A descendent of Mohawk leader Joseph Brant, he is from the Mohawk turtle clan family of T’satekariwateron:nen.