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CounterCurrent is a festival of bold experimental art presented by the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. Occupying a range of unexpected sites in the city of Houston, CounterCurrent includes audio and visual installation, live performance, and participatory events by artists from around the world.

Current Conversations illuminate themes in the festival through discussions among artists and other dynamic guests. Reserve a seat here https://www.artful.ly/cynthia-woods-mitchell-center-for-the-arts

Weds 4/15
CounterCurrent 2015: Festival Themes and Concepts
1pm-2pm
She Works Flexible, 1709 Westheimer
CounterCurrent artists Suzanne Bocanegra, Dean Moss, ArtSpot Productions, and Mondo Bizarro discuss their projects and how they reflect the larger festival themes. These practitioners from vastly different disciplinary backgrounds will provide windows into their creative practices, current projects, interdisciplinary collaborations, and community-oriented work. Moderated by Mitchell Center Executive Director Karen Farber.

Fri 4/17
Art as Activism: Building Knowledge and Complicating Stereotypes
1pm-2pm
She Works Flexible, 1709 Westheimer
INTERSECTIONS is a new Mitchell Center initiative focused on Houston's complex and diverse Muslim population, with an emphasis on the University of Houston's own student body. Four artists from different parts of the world are developing contemporary projects that emerge from their engagement with UH students and local residents. This conversation brings together Ibrahim Quraishi with Maya Zbib and Omar Abi Azar. INTERSECTIONS project consultant Asad Ali Jafri leads the discussion about the goals and challenges of this major initiative.

Sat 4/18 *NOTE DIFFERENT LOCATION AND TIME
Third Ward: Connecting University and Community
Breakfast and Roundtable
11am-1pm
Eldorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin
Join the Mitchell Center and longtime collaborator, Project Row Houses, for the announcement of a new, multi-year partnership. Together, the Mitchell Center and PRH are collaborating and identifying new commissions that will take place on the PRH site and other public spaces in Third Ward. Projects will be co-presented with PRH and presented at CounterCurrent festivals over the next five years.

Please join us for breakfast and conversation with Ryan Dennis, Public Art Director of Project Row Houses; Karen Farber, Executive Director of the Mitchell Center; Pia Agrawal, Program Director of the Mitchell Center; artists Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born; along with Houston-based artists who have long histories of community-oriented contemporary art practices.
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