Breastival Vestibule at Creating Change Atlanta 2013!
Creating Change is the largest annual gathering of activists, organizers, and leaders in the LGBT movement. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the conference and the 40th anniversary of it’s host organization: The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. 3,400 people from all over the country attended the five-day program in Atlanta that featured over 300 workshops, training sessions, meetings and events. President Obama even delivered a personal video address to the conference!
Breastival Vestibule was excited to have the opportunity to come alive in the Art Studio Space this year.
The Art Studio Space (ASS) is enjoying it’s second year at the conference, thanks to Mel Braman, who had a long-time dream of hosting a place for attendees to engage in making art while at the conference. The space buzzed with art-making, chatter, and folks just finding a place to digest all the conference goings on. Tamara Weiner held two workshops exploring relationships to activism through art. Thanks to this year’s spectacular ASS team who held the space with grace and humour:Zan Savage, Tamara Weiner, Ileen Goldstein, myself, and many other beloved volunteers!!
Creating Change’s Master of Ceremonies, comedienne Kate Clinton, teases the Breastival entryway.
Conference attendees take a break from the delicious whirlwind of activities to lounge in the Breastival, spend time with the material, and respond to some of its questions. Folks would often come visit, then return later with a group of friends to enjoy and engage in the installation.
Visitors left the Vestibule packed full of thoughtful reactions to the prompts offered by the Vestibule. These responses will now be incorporated into future manifestations of the project, creating an ongoing call and response conversation that will travel with the Breastival.
The Art Studio Space all cleaned up for the exhibition of work made during the conference!
Jazz stopped by the studio space to share her incredible art for the exhibition!
Conference Director, Sue Pate (right), enjoys time at the Saturday exhibition.
Mel Braman and I steal a moment in the Breastival.