Join the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts for a screening of the award winning film Accidental Courtesy. For the past 30 years African American blues musician Daryl Davis has spent time befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan. Davis describes his strategy as "Establish dialogue. When two enemies are talking, they're not fighting." Since Davis started talking with these members, he says 200 Klansmen have given up their robes. The film documents his interactions with KKK members and white Aryans, and provided contrasting views of his activities from members of the Southern Poverty Law Center and Black Lives Matter.
In conjunction with the LCVA’s Break Glass: The Art of V.L. Cox – A Conversation to End Hate exhibition, this workshop will provide educators with the tools to engage students in a dialog about diversity and social awareness as it relates to their curriculum and the everyday lives of students.
Participants will take part in workshops with the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, the Roberts Russa Moton Museum, the Virginia Holocaust Museum, and the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. The morning will start off at the LCVA with an interactive workshop with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and a tour of the Break Glass: The Art of V.L. Cox – A Conversation to End Hate exhibition with the LCVA staff. After lunch, there will be a workshop at the Moton Museum with the staff from the Virginia Holocaust Museum and the Robert Russa Moton Museum. The day will end with a tour of the Robert Russa Moton Museum. All workshop participants will receive 5 recertification points as well as a packet of educational resources to use in the classroom.
Space is limited-To register please contact Mindy Pierson, firstname.lastname@example.org
LCVA Welcomes Dr. Jacquelyn Serwer, Chief Curator at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture for a Lecture and discussion.
This event is one of many lectures and presentations taking place during LCVA's “Break Glass: Conversations to End Hate” program series. The series has been developed in partnership with the Robert Russa Moton Museum and the Longwood Office of Citizen Leadership and Social Justice Education as part of LCVA’s current exhibition: “Break Glass: The Art of V.L. Cox-A Conversation to End Hate” which is on display November 4, 2017-February 25, 2018.
The event will take place on Longwood University's campus in Blackwell Hall at 6:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
This lecture is part of the Barbara L. Bishop Distinguished ecture Series in the Visual Arts.
Robert Russa Moton Museum
900 Griffin Boulevard, Farmville, VA 23901
The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts (LCVA) will feature the poignant and timely work of VL Cox with its upcoming exhibition, Break Glass: The Art of VL Cox - A Conversation to End Hate. Cox’s artwork will be on display November 3, 2017-February 18, 2018 with an opening reception in the galleries on November 3 from 5-8pm.
Through her art, Cox aspires to spark conversation about civil rights and equality, while also exploring the persistence of hate and injustice in America today. Her work is often born in cathartic response to contemporary events and shaped from her own personal experiences growing up in Arkansas. “Personal conversations, with respect to one another, need to be had before we can move forward together,” Cox said. “There used to be a time when people could agree to disagree with civility, yet still have things in common. We need to find that place again.”