$40, $30 mbrs. (discounted price will display for members upon login)

Limit 8 students.

Discussion classes: Wednesday and Thursday February 24 and 25 at 5pm (sessions will run for 1.5 hours)

Students will meet at the Carriage Trade Artist Residencies at 529 Eaton St.

Find out about our seating policy, weather policy and the Covid-19 precautions we’re taking.

(Students will meet at 529 Eaton St., February 24-25, 5-6:30pm)

(If you require financial assistance, we may be able to help)

Are you familiar with The Highway Men (not the band)? Ever been to Margaret’s Grocery? These individuals and locations, along with visionaries like Purvis Young, Missionary Mary L Proctor, Ruby Williams have become synonymous with the Outsider Art movement of the American South.

The term Outsider Art typically refers to an artist that has no formal training, as opposed to Folk Art, which implies some level of traditional training.

As cultural awareness progresses, many have begun to question the validity and relevance of formal education and how it informs the art world. Studies of racial justice and equity exacerbate the issue. Does your training, or access to training, have any effect on your ability to share your story through art?

For this course Heffernan shares the stories of some of the preeminent Black Outsider Artist from the South. As an open-platform class, the group will discuss the term Outsider Art, and its social implications. Slowly “Outsider Art” is finding a place in the mainstream art world. How can those involved in the arts serve as allies? Is it time to change the term?

sponsored by 5 Brothers

Erika Heffernan is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a Masters in Fine Art in Imagine Arts. Before completing her terminal degree, she lived and worked in the Orlando area training for Walt Disney Co. and Universal Studios. After graduation, she worked and taught in Student Affairs and taught at RIT, Diversity Peer Education at Stony Brook University and as a Student Engagement Specialist for Recruitment and Training for Housing at The University of Florida. She was elected chair of the National ACPA—College Student Educators International Coalition for (Dis)Ability and has consulted and presented nationally in the areas of Diversity, Inclusion, Disability Event Planning.

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