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ONLINE: Student-collaboration creates Dr. Angela Davis mosaic

by Kiara Alfonseca- Editor-in-Chief
Sat, Feb 11th 2017 03:00 pm
Art Force 5 member gluing on a tile, one piece of the mosaic.
Art Force 5 member gluing on a tile, one piece of the mosaic.
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 "We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society."

That is the quote that marks the face of the student-made mosaic that will presented to Dr. Angela Davis during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Lecture on February 21, which has been moved to the Special Events and Recreation Center due to the popular seating demands and high expectations for the program's attendance.

Art Force 5, the host of the mosaic's creation held at Trax in Harrison Dining Hall Saturday 10 a.m. through 8 p.m., is touring SUNY schools promoting diversity and action through art. Originally from Alred State College, the group uses these experiences with students to discuss issues and promote awareness of such issues, as they continue to do with the piece on Davis. "We wear capes ... in reverse," the group's page says.  These agents of "social justice," according to the website, put students and faculty in roles of advocacy and activism, or in their words, superheroes.

As students came down from their breakfast meals and lunches, they joined the tables aligned with paint and painted their individual tiles to contribute to the full piece. They then had the opportunity to sign the space surrounding the mosaic to signify their role in the art's production. The community-built piece will be presented to Davis following her lecture and will remain at the college for at least 50 years.

To find out more about the Davis lecture, hosted by the Office of Diversity, click here.

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