Thursday, September 23, 2021 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

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This discussion will be streamed on Facebook Live on the CAC's Facebook page.

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Join us for a virtual panel discussion on Facebook Live featuring artists and health policy-makers to discuss the role of art in healing, healthcare reform, and themes from "Behind Every Beautiful Thing: Encountering Bodies, Wrestling the Human Condition."

The panel discussion will be streamed on Facebook Live on the CAC's Facebook page. RSVP on Facebook below to be reminded to tune in.

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About the Exhibition

Featuring multimedia artworks from 36 Gulf South artists, "Behind Every Beautiful Thing: Encountering Bodies, Wrestling the Human Condition" offers a deeply personal portrayal of artists’ experiences with health and illness, and the reverberating impact on the life, body, and psyche of the individual and their community.

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About the Discussion

Whether through catharsis or biopolitical resistance, art has long intertwined with health. Egon Schiele painted himself, his wife, and their unborn child, before all three succumbed to the Spanish Flu. AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) together with arts collective Gran Fury and Visual AIDS demanded national visibility and political action to fight AIDS, inextricably linking art, activism, and public health. 

As we face down another pandemic and confront the myriad health disparities that determine how we live and who will die, this panel of experts and artists will discuss the power of art to bring healing, shed light on the myriad of health disparities hindering equitable health outcomes, and expose what lies behind our collective inability in this moment to heal whole.


Meet the Panelists

Anne Collins Smith (Moderator)

Anne Collins Smith is the Curator of Collections at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.  She is a cultural curator, art historian, and cultural worker in the literary, visual, and performing arts. She serves of the board of trustees of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) and the AAMC Foundation and on the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Arts Council. She is currently a 2021 Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellow. Smith’s interests include arts and the economy, arts leadership, audience development, cosmopolitanism, the evolving role of the curator, material culture, public art, visual culture, and African Diasporic continuity in artistic and cultural practices.

Daniel Burje Chonde, MD, Ph.D.

Daniel “Dan” Burje Chonde, MD, PhD is a radiology resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital who is interested in reimagining clinical spaces so they better support equitable care for patients. Looking for a more human element in his research he subsequently pursued his PhD in Biophysics through The Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences with a joint degree from MIT in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics. He formerly served on the MGH Radiology Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee as the education subcommittee co-chair where he launched Rad Boot Camp, a collaboration with Vanderbilt Medical Center and Emory Healthcare aimed at providing multidimensional, longitudinal support to medical students from groups underrepresented in medicine with the goal of diversifying the pool of students applying for careers in radiology. He most recently launched a healthcare-community collaborative project, The Peoples’ heART, which aims to integrate visual and performance art into our clinical spaces to help support health equity.

Ann Haley (Exhibition Artist)

Visual artist Ann Haley received a BFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA in 2014. She has exhibited her work internationally in solo and group exhibitions in Lacoste, France, Savannah, GA, Gainesville, GA and New Orleans, LA. Ann has resided in New Orleans, LA since 2014, working as a Teaching Artist and is currently a gallery member at The Front.

Cirecie A. West-Olatunji, Ph. D.

Cirecie A. West-Olatunji is the Melba Fortuné Martinez Endowed Professor in the counselor education program and director of the Center for Traumatic Stress Research at Xavier University of Louisiana. She is a past president of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD). In addition, she has served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development (JMCD). Nationally, Dr. West-Olatunji has initiated several clinical research projects that focus on culture-centered community collaborations designed to address issues rooted in systemic oppression, such as transgenerational trauma and traumatic stress. Cirecie West-Olatunji has conducted commissioned research under the auspices of the National Science Foundation, ACA Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, federal Witness Assistance Program, Spencer Foundation, American Educational Research Association, and African American Success Foundation. Her publications include two co-authored books, numerous book chapters, and over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to national presentations, Dr. West-Olatunji has delivered research papers in Eastern and Western Europe, the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas. Additionally, she provided consultation in a PBS initiative to create a children's television show focusing on diversity through KCET-TV in Los Angeles, CA "Puzzle Place." Dr. West-Olatunji has also provided consultation to the Center for American Education in Singapore and the Buraku Liberation Organization in Japan to enhance their early childhood and counseling initiatives. In 2018, Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji was recognized as an ACA Fellow.

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