Art History Students Start Antiracist Reading Group
Art history students Abby Hermosilla and Brianna Robinson along with photojournalism major Alina Howard have started a student-run, student-centered reading group called the Anti-Racism and Criticism Collective (ARCC) set to begin on September 18, 2020 with a noon meeting. The group will hold virtual discussions once a month, which are open to all Kent State students as well as the public. Their initiative aims to create a safe virtual meeting space to discuss antiracist and BIPOC-centered visions against systemic oppression.
Why start a reading group like this? "The crises and uprisings of this past year have greatly affected every single one of us. Even though schooling and work has resumed for many of us, we are still in the early phases of healing from the collective and individual trauma felt within our community. ARCC believes we can perform collective care by elevating the personal, professional, and academic insights of our very own students and faculty in combatting racism and white supremacy within the visual world."
Each month, ARCC aims to discuss readings and practices related to antiracist themes of art making, curation, education, and cultural production as they relate to the visual world. Free pdfs of all selected readings and materials will be made available via a public Google Drive link that is also available through the ARCC Instagram page. The first reading is from "Sister Outsider" by Audre Lorde. If you are interested in joining the conversation, follow ARCC on Instagram @ARCCkentstate or send an email to ARCCKENTSTATE@gmail.com.