W H A T
W/ Special Guest
W H E R E
Denver Art Museum
100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204
W H E N
May 11th, 2019
2:00 - 4:30 PM
TOPIC: Power in the Creative World
How do you balance "playing the game" (aka moving your career forward) with maintaining your power in systems that are often built to maintain institutional, commercial, or hierarchical power?
In previous artist Q&As and programs, I’ve heard artists asked how they navigate institutional spaces where they might traditionally be marginalized, tokenized, or exploited. I was interested in how this question plays out across the field of creative practice -- no matter what field we work in, there are always systems of power that are often asymmetrical and require us to follow certain rules. Those unspoken or spoken rules, sometimes described as "the industry" or "the way things are" affect everything from pay, to inclusivity and equity, to whose narrative is heard/seen/valued. The "creative" (artist, musician, writer, chef, professional, whatever the case may be) has a unique power in these situations because of their creative voice, but also a unique vulnerability.
As creatives, how do we work to maintain our own power and sense of self in those systems while also moving careers forward and maintaining influence? How do we support each other in equalizing these power imbalances, and is that the goal?
MEET ERIN COUSINS
Erin Cousins is the Coordinator of Studio & Artist Programs at the Denver Art Museum, in the department of Learning & Engagement. Her role at the DAM centers around collaborating with artists in the Denver community, as well as connecting visitors to the creative process through interactive studios and community engagement. When she's not at the DAM, her creative practice is all about reading and writing as much as possible.