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Photo of Pittsburgh native, Harrison Kinnane Smith (left), Photo Credit: Jared Piper Photo of Dread Scott, New York based artist, Photo Credit: Dread Scott
Photo of Pittsburgh native, Harrison Kinnane Smith (left), Photo Credit: Jared Piper Photo of Dread Scott, New York based artist, Photo Credit: Dread Scott

2023 grant amount: $10,000 over one year

This grant will be used for an artist talk between Pittsburgh native, Harrison Kinnane Smith and New York artist Dread Scott. 

The Darryl Chappell Foundation "Artists Talk Series" provides artists with the opportunity to present their work and research to a public audience, cultivating discourse that propels the arts forward. Artists Talk #7 - "Critical Art Practice, Race and the Law," features  Pittsburgh native Harrison Kinnane Smith in dialogue with New York artist Dread Scott, discussing and highlighting, with data, some of the legal and economic social structures that perpetuate and exacerbate racial difference in the day-to-day lives of Black people in Pittsburgh and beyond.

The purpose is to foster public awareness regarding the continued legacy of systemic racial and economic inequality with particular focus on the intersection of race and the law. Through the artist talk, the speakers (Smith and Scott) will consider how direct artistic engagement within oppressive institutions can sometimes embody the most effective critique; how such critical artistic engagement can facilitate speculation on sustainable alternatives; and how, through collaborative action, these approaches can ultimately be used to enact lasting change.

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