Centering Justice Symposium Session #1: The Legacy of Public Space on Occupied Lands

Egg Rock in Concord, photo by Erin Genia


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How has our understanding of public space – and by extension, public art – been shaped by the legacy of settler-colonialism in the United States, and in our region in particular? In the 400 years since the English settlers came to these shores, the public commons have excluded Indigenous peoples, and sought to make us invisible on our own lands. Hear from Native artists on the implications of deeply embedded settler-colonial systems on present-day tribal peoples’ territories, livelihoods, arts and culture, and how they reverberate into our shared public spaces.

Guest Speakers

Four headshots (two inside and two outside) of a man, a woman, another man, and another woman.
from left: Bruce Curliss (Nipmuc), Courtney M. Leonard (Shinnecock), Robert Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag), and Jenny Oliver (Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag)
  • Bruce Curliss, Nipmuc

  • Jenny Oliver, Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag

  • Robert Peters, Mashpee Wampanoag

  • Courtney M. Leonard, Shinnecock

  • Facilitator: Erin Genia, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Centering Justice Symposium

This event is part of a virtual symposium, Centering Justice: Indigenous Artists’ Perspectives on Art in Public Space (September 23-24, 2020) featuring Indigenous artists’ and cultural practitioners’ critical perspectives on art and public space, and the intertwined economic, ecological, cultural, and social justice dimensions.


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