‘For what it’s worth’
Art, music and social change were all brought together Wednesday afternoon in the Mains Rotunda at Ohio University Southern as part of the second year of the Kennedy Lecture Series.
From noon to 1 p.m., Woodstock Nation, consisting of singer Kim Keffer, Phil Osbourne on guitar and vocals, Rob Harris on guitar and vocals, Barry Gillum on bass and vocals and Charles Jarrett on drums and vocals, performed music from the 1960s and several art students talked about some pieces that they had on display in between songs.
“We wanted to make this all about the students,” Tom Suter, OUS art lecturer, said. “The students engaged in art work that deals with social issues or inequalities.”
Besides the art work on display, two large canvases were set up on the side for anyone to write something or draw something if people wanted to express themselves.
“Art is a way for people to have a voice,” Suter said. “It is a way for people to express themselves about certain things that they wouldn’t normally talk about.”
From 2-3 p.m., OUS students, faculty and students from Cabell Midland High School participated in a protest reenactment with signs that were made dealing with social issues that were important to each individual as Woodstock Nation played “For What It’s Worth,” by Buffalo Springfield.
Senior studio art major Edwin Callihan rapped a few verses with Woodstock Nation during the first and second program on Wednesday.
“This was just about using any form of art as a way to express certain ideologies or things that are important to you,” Callihan said. “My content was speaking against things that I think are wrong in society. Basically, I touched on certain things that some people are afraid to address.”
The feminist art exhibit program of the series took place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. where Suter and Katherine Cox from the Huntington Museum of Art led a panel discussion and dialogue designed to capture the spirit of the Feminist Art Movement in America.
The final program of the Kennedy Lecture Series will the feminist art exhibit for the women’s conference Friday from 2-3 p.m. at the Ohio University Southern Proctorville Center.