CLASSES + WORKSHOPS
Civil Rights Panel
Presented by Breakthrough Art Organization
April 28, 2010
Dissident German artists from former E. Germany are joining Joe Goldthreate and Dr. Rip Patton, participants from the Nashville sit-ins, as well as George Barrett, a Nashville attorney active in the civil rights movement, for a dialogue on civil rights and freedom of expression. Whether fighting against abuse of power behind the Berlin Wall or unjust segregation laws, this dynamic conversation will address the common challenges created by repression. Marking the 20th anniversary of the Germany’s reunification and the 50th anniversary of the Nashville sit-ins, this discussion will be moderated by First Amendment Center founder, John Seigenthaler; Breakthrough Art Foundation founder, Jeff Thinnes; and executive director of the First Amendment, Center Gene Policinski.
The German artists included in the discussion will be showcasing their artwork at the First Amendment Center from April 19 to May 8 in an exhibit titled Breakthrough! Twenty Years after German Unification: Critical Perspectives of Berlin Artists. This exhibit features the work of ten German artists who lived and created art under the communist regime in former East Germany. Breakthrough! is the inaugural project of Breakthrough Art Organization, a non-profit founded in 2009 to champion artists whose works are a means of overcoming political, social and personal challenges.