2017 Art & Lit series
WPCA Art & Lit series mix inspiration from literature with community dialog and hands-on art making. Each session, we lead a discussion about a currently relevant topic from a book. Attendees are encouraged to read the book or the suggested chapters, but not required. We will also make art that responds to the book’s topics. The aim of Art & Lit is to bring people together for conversations and art making, and to engage in positive expression and dialog. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.
In the Times of the Butterflies
by Julia Alvarez
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
In the Time of the Butterflies (1994) is a historical fiction about the Mirabal sisters and their fight for freedom and dignity in the Dominican Republic under a murderous regime. The dictator Raphael Trujillo assassinated three of the four sisters on November 25, 1960 to silent their political activism. Although author Julia Alvarez wrote the book as fiction, much of the book took real accounts of the Mirabal sisters’ lives and battle against oppression. Their courage to fight for freedom for all is marked each year on November 25 as a day to raise awareness of violence against women.
How do seemingly regular people like the Mirabal sisters find the courage to combat unjust in their community?
What are the lessons we can learn from their approach in activism?
We will create design inspired by the story and our conversation, and make screen prints from them. Prints can be made on posters and tote bags. All materials will be provided.
Cost: $20–$50 (sliding scale). Proceeds help fund WPCA’s youth art education programming.
This workshop is in conjunction with Milwaukee Public Library’s 2017 MKE Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership and Arts Midwest.