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Art And Activism: What Public Art Means In A Moment Of Racial Reckoning

Black Lives Matter painted on a misty street
Elodie Reed
'Black Lives Matter' was painted on Brown's Trace Road in Jericho, Vermont in early July. The street art has since been vandalized.

"Black Lives Matter" has been written across the streets of cities across America in a nation-wide call for racial justice. And while some individuals are using art to show their support for the movement, graffiti and vandalism have also ensued. All the while, many are grappling with how society should deal with racist and offensive art from its past.

This hour, we talk about what art means in this moment of racial reckoning. We speak with an artist and art history professor about public art controversies, and we'll hear from a Vermont activist who spearheaded plans to have Black Lives Matter written in front of the Statehouse in Montpelier. And finally, we'll talk about what law enforcement is — or isn't — doing when it comes to racist and white supremacist graffiti. 

Our guests are: 

  • Gina Carrera, a muralist from Burlington 
  • Mary Coffey, a professor of art history at Dartmouth College who specializes in public art controversies
  • Noel Riby-Williams, a racial justiceactivist from Barre
  • Mark Anderson, Windham County sheriff 

Broadcast live on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.
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