Postponed to Fall 2021: Activism Through the Arts

Postponed to Fall 2021: The Leslie Center for the Humanities is pleased to be a co-sponsor of the "Sustainability and Social Justice 2021" events this year, focusing on the theme of Art and Activism.

Do you love making art with a purpose? 

Ever wanted to know how to wield your artistic medium of choice for social good? 

Want to know what it's like to see your artwork influence movements? 

Have you been looking for an opportunity to make art with others again? 

Then you'll love Sustainability and Social Justice 2021! This year, we will be focusing on the theme of Art and Activism. Join us and a panel of 4 amazing artists and social justice advocates as we talk about the importance of art in social movements generally, and more specifically in the movement for climate and environmental justice. Our artists are poets, storytellers, muralists, educators, and environmental advocates who care deeply about the intersections of art and activism, and of sustainability and social justice.

Join us to hear from this amazing panel! Open to all Dartmouth students and community members.

Webinar link:


Meet the Artists: 

Dr. Craig Santos Perez is an indigenous Pacific Islander poet and environmental justice activist from Guam. He is the author of five poetry books and the co-editor of five anthologies. He has performed his "eco-poetry" at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance, and the International Conference on Environmental Futures. He is a professor of english and creative writing at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa.  

Ashia Ajani (they/she) is an environmental educator and storyteller hailing from Denver, CO, Queen City of the Plains and the unceded territory of the Cheyenne, Ute, Arapahoe and Comanche peoples. Their work explores the layered relationship between the Black diaspora and hidden ecologies. She has been published in Sierra Magazine, Frontier Poetry, Southern Humanities Review and World Literature Today, among others, and has forthcoming work in Exposition Review and Apogee Journal. You can follow their work at and @ashiainbloom on all social platforms. 

Ernesto Cuevas (he/his) is an educator, organizer, community artist and after school program facilitator. He was born the son of migrant farm workers in Harlingen, Texas. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College in Studio Art. His experiences from the fields to the classroom, as both student and teacher, have shaped his artistic exploration of race, class, community, identity, and self. Cuevas has realized his art as a tool for critical self-expression, activism and community empowerment. His artwork reflects a critical consciousness and his commitment to social justice for marginalized communities. Currently, he is an IB Art Instructor at IDEA South Flores in San Antonio, Texas 

Aletta Brady (they/them) is a queer, non-binary, bisexual organizer, futurist, writer, and narrative activist living on Dakota land in South Minneapolis.  Aletta is the founder and creative director of Our Climate Voices, an award-winning social justice collective humanizing the climate crisis through story. In 2019, they were the youngest recipient of the J.M.K. Innovation Prize for their work on the vanguard of social innovation. They have over 20 years of grassroots organizing experience for labor rights, queer liberation, freedom of movement, and climate action. They graduated summa cum laude from Wesleyan University in 2015.

Additional Workshop Leaders: 

Kiana Michaan (she/her) is a New Yorker who is passionate about climate justice, renewable energy, environmental health, and wellness. She works in solar and is deeply interested in equitable & sustainable energy systems. Kiana has been involved in climate justice activism for many years. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, hiking, and vegan baking. Co-Leading workshop with Aletta Brady.  

Betty Junghyun Kim is a writer, comics artist, and musician currently based in the Upper Valley. She is a recent graduate of Dartmouth College (B.A. in English/Creative Writing), where she currently works as the Digital Library Fellow. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Nashville Review, Black Warrior Review, Catapult, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Sweet. She will be attending the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction starting in the fall of 2021. You can find more of her work at, or say hello via Instagram @kimbettydoodle and Twitter @naksseojaengi.