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Spring 2022 Events:

Free Minds Application Opens: April 1, 2022
Are you picturing yourself walking across that graduation stage? Do you know someone who fits the bill? The application for Fall 2022 will be opening April 1, 2022.

Write Together Saturday: April 9 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join beloved Free Minds writing instructor Vivé Griffith for a morning of writing, sharing, and community building. All are welcome to attend!

Tune in to the virtual event here.

Free Minds Graduation: May 23 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Join us as we honor students from the 2021 and 2022 Free Minds classes. The evening will include poetry, music, and commemoration! RSVP by May 16.

Second Saturday: June 11 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Free Minds’ beloved Art History professor, Dr. Janis Bergman-Carton, will join Free Minds alumni for breakfast and a group discussion about STEALING THE PAST: ART THEFT & CULTURAL HERITAGE CRIME. In addition to her six years at Free Minds, Janis taught art history for 25 years at Southern Methodist University. She now spends her time creating studio art and leading discussions about the ways art impacts how we live. Past and present Free Minds students are invited to join us for this event at M Station Apartments (2906 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd). Directions and parking for this event are available here.

From Janis: “Not many people realize that art and cultural heritage crime is the third largest criminal enterprise in the world, just behind human trafficking and drug trafficking. We’re going to look at famous examples of three types of art crimes: art theft (Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in 1911) , art fraud (Han van Meegeren forgery of Supper at Emmaus by Vermeer), and the illicit market for antiquities fueled by the looting of archaeological sites (“Elgin Marbles,” created for the Parthenon in Athens, Greece in 445 BCE and taken by a British aristocrat to London, England in 1816 where they have resided in the British Museum since).”

Free Minds Application Deadline: July 8, 2022
The last day to apply for Free Minds is Friday, July 8. Don’t wait until time runs out!

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