Category Archive: Artists as Activists

“Artists as Activists”: A Two-Year Anniversary and Farewell

by Saad Ghosn I have been blessed in the past two years to become familiar with the personal path and reflective artwork of many of our local artists who use their art to… Continue reading

Saving the World One Life at a Time

by Sadd Ghosn Art has to be a social commentary,” says Lauri Aultman. “To me art and activism have always been connected. Throughout history, artists have used literature, music, visual arts… to open… Continue reading

Growing communities through art: Ken Swinson uses art for himself and others

by Saad Ghosn Raised in a Mormon family, he was taught early on to care and have compassion for others. In college, he took pre-med classes, seeking a profession to help people; he… Continue reading

Capturing the Moment So It Will Last Forever

Melvin Grier uses his camera to document both news events and daily street life. by Sadd Ghosn Melvin Grier likes to quote African American civil rights writer James Baldwin who, reflecting on Richard… Continue reading

Putting Life and Death into Perspective

by Saad Ghosn “I have been aware of human pain and suffering from a very young age,” says Steven Finke. “Growing up I was introduced to the Holocaust and constantly reminded of its… Continue reading

Quilts As the Fabric of Life

Artists as Activists Saad Ghosn Carolyn Mazloomi uses her art and Quilters’ organization to keep quilting potent and alive. Quilts and quilting changed Carolyn Mazloomi’s life. A Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, Mazloomi, taken… Continue reading