Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 7:00pm8:00pm.
Online DenverCO
Free admission

Dreams of the Future: Community Conversation with Brenton Weyi 

Featuring Dr. Apryl Alexander, Wisdom Amouzou, Dr. Alan Chen, Adri Norris, and Assetou Xango

Join local artist and activist Brenton Weyi, co-featured artist of the next Untitled: Creative Fusions at Home, on July 23 at 7 PM MST via Zoom as he moderates a discussion between community leaders, artists, and activists on how we collectively build a path toward a bright, equitable future as a society.

The discussion will take place in the Denver Art Museum’s Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom exhibition (livestreamed via Zoom) and will feature local experts from the legal, artistic, academic, and educational fields to help viewers understand the inner workings of change on a mass scale. Weyi’s hope for this conversation is to help us all dream and imagine what a society that embodies freedom for all would look and feel like, as well as the obstacles in our path. Panelists will include Dr. Apryl Alexander, Wisdom Amouzou, Dr. Alan Chen, Adri Norris, and Assetou Xango.

This Zoom is free and open to all who would like to join! Viewers are also invited to participate in a live Q&A at the end of the panel discussion.

  • Webinar ID: 935 0313 9945
  • Password: 702023

“As a society, we've spent so much time bringing light to the critical social issues at hand — which is essential. The other side of that coin is being able to articulate what a positive vision of the future looks like, and perhaps look at perspectives that haven't been widely addressed during this social moment.” — Brenton Weyi

About the Panelists:

Dr. Apryl Alexander

Dr. Apryl Alexander is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. Her research and clinical work centers around violence and victimization, human sexuality, and trauma-informed and culturally-sensitive practice.

Wisdom Amouzou

Wisdom Amouzou is the Co-Founder and Principal of Empower Community High School, a student-led innovative high school in Aurora, CO. He is a former Diversity & Equity fellow with RISEColorado, where he helped design equity workshops for students, families, and educators. Wisdom was a 2017 Camelback Ventures fellow and winner of the 2017 Teach For America Social Innovation Award.

Dr. Alan Chen

Dr. Alan Chen is a leading national expert in free speech doctrine and theory, the law of federal courts, and public interest law. He is the co-author of two books, Public Interest Lawyer: A Contemporary Perspective (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 2013) and Free Speech Beyond Words: The Surprising Reach of the First Amendment (NYU Press 2017). Since joining the Sturm College of Law faculty in 1992, Chen has received several awards for his teaching, contributions to the law review, and pro bono legal work. Although he is a full-time academic, Professor Chen continues to carry an active litigation docket and represents the plaintiffs in many high-profile civil rights cases in federal courts around the country.

Adri Norris

Adri Norris is a Denver-based artist whose family hails from Barbados. With a less than typical background – immigrant, international boarding school student, military veteran, queer artist- Norris brings the entirety of her experience to her work. Her paintings of women in history are an educational tool to get students, old and young, to think more deeply about the past and about the power of diversity. Norris has spoken at K-12 schools around Denver, including GALS and Swigert International School, at universities like UNC Greeley and Denver Metro University, as well as in community spaces, including the LGBTQ Center and the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzalez Library. She has taught her series as a curriculum at Girls Inc of Denver, combining history, art, and research to give her students a deeper understanding of women from the past.

Assetou Xango

Assetou Xango was is the current Poet Laureate of Aurora and a and community activist born and raised in Colorado. As a teenager, Xango was featured on HBO’s Brave New Voices 2010. They have been a TEDxMileHigh Speaker and Xango has represented Denver in spoken word poetry competitions across the nation and has been featured in Westword’s Top 100 Creatives. In all of their work, Xango is dedicated to advancing the visibility and rights of womxn and gender non-conforming people of color and to promoting the use of storytelling to dismantle binaries and divisions.