Monday July 11
7:30pm Playhouse Movie Theater - Tar Creek - Some environmental disasters get attention. Others get fixed. This is America’s oldest and worst superfund site located in Oklahoma, and it looks like a third-world country. “Roughly 75 percent of the American bullets and bombshells used in the two World Wars were made from this area’s metals; half came from Picher alone.“ Tickets $10, $8 for Seniors, $7 for kids Saturday
Saturday July 16
10:30am - Land Acknowledgement - On the front steps of Chandler.
10:30am-6pm - The Most Costly Journey book pick up - The Most Costly Journey is the Vermont Reads 2023 book. It is a Graphic Novel that portrays the stories of Hispanic migrants working in the Vermont Dairy Industry.
11am-1pm - ART LAB 1 - With Rachi Farrow - Wave Your Banner - Create a Social Justice banner reflecting your concerns with Whose New World Artist Rachi Farrow. Paint and stencil your thoughts and share them with Chandler for the week of the Vermont Social Justice Festival and then in a location of your choice. Be prepared to get messy in this artist led experience. Artists over 10 welcome with adult.
4pm - Artist Discussion - Discuss the controversy created by Mark Rosalbo’s painting when it was displayed in a gallery in Northfield in 2021. Rosalbo’s painting was accused by a community member of having Antifa icons sparked a public debate about art, censorship and expression. Andrea Melville, who owned that Northfield gallery and whom has recently moved the gallery to Randolph, (ART, etc. at 26 North Main) will join for the discussion.
Sunday July 17
11am-1pm - Artists in Residence Activity with Jordan Turk and Marina Leybishkis - It’s not every day that artists occupy our Randolph Village Laundromat to collaborate on artmaking with our community. Come meet the Artists in Residence to hear how their month-long project is going and to partipate in the process of co-creation.
12:30 Students from RUH present their BLM Flag Project to the public.
1-3pm - Social Justice Story Lab 1 - The Value of Our Stories with poet Rajnii Eddins - In a 1-hour talk Eddins will explore how each one of us has a story that is valuable and will discuss how our stories can be used to confront racism and other injustices, affirm diversity and equity, and initiate community dialogue. After the presentation Rajnii Eddins will lead a participatory workshop so that attendees can personally explore these themes in their own writing. Chandler Upper Gallery.
3-5pm - Bridging the Divide: From Conflict to Connection - This workshop shows how to eliminate judgment and blame from difficult conversations and instead, focus on understanding and connection. Susan Mills and Ben Koenig will do a demonstration of how this works, and then give participants the opportunity to try out the process for themselves. Because space is limited please sign up Here. For questions, call Susan at (802) 728-9033.
Monday July 18
7:30pm - Playhouse Movie Theater - There’s Something in the Water - The injustices and injuries caused by environmental racism in her home province, in this urgent documentary on Indigenous and African Nova Scotian women fighting to protect their communities, their land, and their futures. The actor Elliot Page (Juno) co-directed, co-wrote and provide narration. The film will be followed by a Water Issues Panel Discussion Tickets $10, $8 for Seniors, $7 for kids.
Tuesday July 19
7pm-9pm - Social Justice Storylab 2 - for writers, actors, and other agents of change. Curious how story can be used in the service of engendering social justice? Chandler Executive Director and filmmaker, Karen Dillon will offer a workshop on harnessing the power of story to create lasting impacts in the hearts and minds of the audience. Participants will write and share their works in a nurturing, safe environment. All ages, levels, and genres of writers are welcome.
Wednesday July 20
7pm Whose New World - Artists Respond- Artists from the Chandler Gallery exhibit discuss their work.
Thursday July 21
10:30AM - The Most Costly Journey book discussion group kickoff - Kimball Library -The Most Costly Journey is the chosen Vermont Reads 2023 book. It is a Graphic Novel that portrays the stories of hispanic migrants working in the Vermont Dairy Industry.
1-4pm - Social Justice Storylab 3: Creative Connections: Opening our Minds through Writing from the Heart with Lava Mueller- In this Creative Writing Workshop, we will explore our personal beliefs in connection to justice, injustice, and the path between the two. Through fiction, non-fiction, poetry, prose, or whatever form of writing speaks to you, we will enjoy an afternoon together in a safe and respectful environment. Please bring paper and a pen or laptop. No writing experience is necessary. All are welcome!
6-9pm - Social Justice Storylab 4: Climate Change Poetry Workshop Taught by long-time poet and poetry teacher, Marjorie Ryerson of Randolph. Participants in this workshop will initially discuss the earth’s climate challenges underway, and then will shape their own words and emotions about these issues into individual poems. The workshop will conclude by having participants read a poem or two aloud for other workshop participants. If participants would like, Marjorie can later give chosen poems to area musicians to convert into songs and/or she can set up a public poetry reading or two, at Chandler or elsewhere, of the poems all in an effort to have the art of poetry not only raise awareness but also help initiate change. Participants need to bring their own individual writing implements to the workshop—from pen and paper to laptops. Please show up by 5:50 p.m.
Friday July 22
3-4:30pm - Making an Impression - Block printing Social Justice Patches with Jen Berger - Learn about the importance of printed materials and messaging in social activism. Print your own block printed fabric patch to spread the word about issues you care about.
7pm - Get Inspired and Involved - Vermont’s History of Social Activism through the Arts a talk by Jen Berger - Learn about and get inspired by Vermont’s rich history of social activism from Jen Berger activist and founder of At The Root, an organization to help others imagine, generate and actualize ideas for social change. Learn about local activist groups and get involved.
Saturday July 23
10am - The Most Costly Journey Book Take Action Panel - You’ve read the book now learn how you can take action on local immigration issues and support immigrants currently living and working in VT.
3:30-5:30pm - Artists in Residence Activity with Jordan Turk and Marina Leybishkis - It’s not every day that artists occupy our Randolph Village Laundromat to collaborate on art making with our community. Come meet the Artists in Residence to hear how their month-long project is going and to participate in the process of co-creation.
Monday July 25
7:30pm - Playhouse Movie Theater - People of a Feather - Featuring stunning footage from seven winters in the Arctic, People of a Feather takes you through time into the world of the Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Canada’s Hudson Bay. Connecting past, present, and future is a unique relationship with the eider duck. Eiderdown, the warmest feather in the world, allows both Inuit and birds to survive harsh Arctic winters. Traditional life is juxtaposed with modern challenges as both Inuit and eiders confront changing sea ice and ocean currents disrupted by the massive hydroelectric dams powering New York and eastern North America. Inspired by Inuit ingenuity and the technology of a simple feather, the film is a call to action to implement energy solutions that work with nature. Tickets $10, $8 for Seniors, $7 for kids
Saturday July 30
7-9pm - Artists in Residence Presentation with Jordan Turk and Marina Leybishkis - It’s not every day that artists occupy the local Laundromat to collaborate on art with the community. Come meet the Artists in Residence to hear how their month-long project went and to see the finished pieces.
Friday Aug 5
4-8pm - First Friday - Create Social Justice Buttons and Poster/ Snack sales - Merchants Row Daily
11am-6pm The Chandler Gallery show “Whose New World? Imagining a more equitable New World”