Seminar: Rescuing the arts from the realm of the elite

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Wednesday 21 May 2014

Join Professor Andre de Quadros from Boston University for his seminar, 'From American prisons to Peruvian shantytowns: rescuing the arts from the realm of the elite', on Wednesday, 21 May 2014, at The Victoria Institute.

Recently, the arts have been utilised to contribute to a range of social change projects and collaborations. Areas such as public health, incarceration, and conflict resolution have all experienced the associated benefits.

This seminar will focus on Professor de Quadros' work in American prisons and sites of conflict in the Arab-Israeli world and Latin America, using narrative illustration and interrogation.

Register now by emailing: [email protected]. (Please notify us if you have any dietary requirements.)

Professor de Quadros says more professionals should consider the use of the arts in engaging and transforming disadvantaged communities.

'Many professionals have not yet realised the potential of the arts to mobilise poor communities and to provide meaningful contexts for health education and empowerment,' he said.


'I believe artists have a social justice responsibility to work collaboratively to fully explore the power of personal and community agency, self-knowledge, and social change in dealing with extreme societal problems.'

Andre de Quadros is a Professor of Music at the College of Fine Arts at Boston University, USA. He is an internationally acclaimed conductor and clinician, having performed in many countries across the globe.

Andre has held artistic directorships at several festivals including:

  • Aswatuna - Arab Choral Festival; 
  • London International Music Festival, UK; and 
  • The Melbourne International of Festival of Choirs, Australia (to name a few).

Register now to find out more (see bove). We look forward to meeting you at the seminar.

This activity is supported through the Australian Government's Collaborative Research Networks (CRN) program.

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21 May 2014, 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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Stanley Koh
Project Officer
The Victoria Institute
9919 4905