Sep. 20

Day of Action

September 20, 2019
11:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Cohen Plaza
1303 W Mt Royal Ave

The Center for Creative Citizenship and our Voter Access team are excited to announce MICA’s first annual Day of Action on Friday, September 20th from 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM in Cohen Plaza. Following MICA's Constitution Day Symposium: One Person, One Vote: The Challenge of American Democracy, Past and Present, we are creating a day for the MICA community to launch into collective action! We encourage every student, staff and faculty member to come by to LEARN, MAKE & DO to strengthen their skills in organizing and civic action. Interactive workshops, actions and making stations will be offered throughout the afternoon. 11:30 AM: Student-Led and Organized Global Climate Strike and Walkout 12:30 PM: Lunch (FREE) and Launch Day of Action 1 PM - 2 PM: Self Care in the Climate Movement 1 PM - 3 PM: TRIGGER / DISPARADOR workshop and collective performance 2 PM - 4 PM: Screenprinting for Direct Action! 3 PM - 3:30 PM: TRIGGER / DISPARADOR Performance 4 PM - 4:30 PM: Closing Circle Ongoing: CASA resource table, For Freedoms lawn sign making, National Trans Visibility March sign making, and other activities and resources. Activity Descriptions: 1 PM - 2 PM: Self Care in the Climate Movement Led by Naadiya Hutchinson, Baltimore Peoples Climate Movement Does the thought of climate change have you stressed? Worried? Feeling down? Feeling a bit burned out? You aren't alone. It's common to experience feelings of anxiety and/ or depression when learning about and organizing around climate change. As we organize to make our climate better, we must also take the time to take care and better ourselves. This workshop is aimed to give you resources on how to build self-care practice and harness mental resiliency. During this workshop, we will discuss mental health, self-awareness, breathing exercise, online and free resources, as well as, how to create a culture of wellbeing. 1 PM - 3 PM: TRIGGER / DISPARADOR Led by Miguel Braceli ( Trigger is a project aimed at transforming an object of violence into a pedagogical tool and reimagining a gunshot as method of construction. The body is the structure of the weapon; as an object of knowledge, it holds the same possibility as a book. The project consists in a collective performance where a group of people use their bodies through an elastic band to throw books over the air; creating a dialogue; subverting the forms of violence. Participants will use the US Constitution as the object to shoot. The objective is to create metaphors about the power of law and rights as a weapon; at the same time, questioning from an Art School the idea of the legality of guns and its consequences in the educational spaces. This project is a collective performance developed as a workshop to learn from the action and from the body. It requires the collaboration of the students to design the movements; understand the concept, material, and space; to create discussions that born from the performative experience. 2 PM - 4 PM: Screenprinting for Direct Action! Led by Valeska Populoh, MICA Faculty and member of the Baltimore Peoples Climate Movement. Come learn how to make a stencil to screenprint a poster for political action or protest, or just make a take-away poster with one of the available stencils. Dress in a way that allows you to get messy. All materials provided, though contributions of poster board and cardstock over 11 x 14" are welcome.