Conversation: Juan D. González & Chemi Rosado-Seijo

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Friday, September 28
KiMo Theatre, 423 Central Ave. NW    
Tickets: $12 / $8 members of 516 ARTS (join at
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Followed by a Reception & Booksigning at 516 ARTS, across the street from the KiMo
(for KiMo ticket-holders only)

516 ARTS and Lannan Foundation present accomplished journalist Juan D. González, co-host of Democracy Now! and artist/activist Chemi Rosado-Seijo from Puerto Rico for a conversation at the KiMo Theatre in conjunction with the exhibition "Puerto Rico: Defying Darkness" at 516 ARTS. They will speak about topics affecting Puerto Rico including the legacy of colonialism, the debt crisis, the challenges of recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, and the power of art and activism in the face of adversity.

Gonzáles is an award-winning broadcast journalist and investigative reporter. A two-time winner of the George Polk Award, he is co-host of Democracy Now!, author of "Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America," and a founder of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He spent 29 years as a columnist for the New York Daily News. Before beginning his career in journalism, González spent several years as a Latino community and civil rights activist.

Rosado-Seijo’s ongoing public art project with the community of El Cerro, in Naranjito, Puerto Rico reflects on themes of land, community and recovery. His activism spans art, skateboarding and community revitalization. A graduate from the Puerto Rico School of Visual Arts, his work engages community and activism. He has received a Creative Capital grant and the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship. In 2017 his work was featured in the Whitney Biennial and at Art Basel.

A portion of proceeds from this event benefits UNIDOS Disaster Relief & Recovery Program.

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