Come Explore with Us!

Announcing our Spring 2018 2nd Saturday lineup:

Join us for upcoming events led by local experts in our cozy M Station classroom (2906 East MLK Jr., above the leasing office). This spring, we’ll learn the in’s and out’s of op-ed writing, examine Native American representation on-screen, dive into Claudia Rankine’s book-length poem Citizen, and take a look at segregation in our own city. Each session will go from 10 am-noon. Bagels and coffee will be served.

Saturday, February 10: Writing for Social Change
Looking for a way to make your voice heard? Writing op-eds and letters to the editor are great ways to get your ideas in front of the public to affect change. In this workshop, Vivé Griffith will guide you through the process of writing your own op-ed. Learn how to claim the expertise you already have, zero in on your argument, and shape compelling opinion pieces for news outlets. Vivé Griffith is a writer and educator who holds her MFA from UT’s Michener Center for Writers. She directed Free Minds from 2007-2016 and has taught Creative Writing in the program for the last decade.

Saturday, March 10: Reading and Writing: Acts of Citizenship
In a review for The New Yorker, Dan Chiasson described Claudia Rankine’s Citizen as “a book-length poem about race and the imagination.” Rankine’s text, a National Book Award finalist and the centerpiece of ACC’s 2018 Big Read program, will be the basis for our discussion. Together we’ll explore sections of Citizen: An American Lyric, write short pieces in response, and examine how reading and writing help to create healthy communities. Facilitator to be determined.

Saturday, April 14: Austin: In and Out of Place
In this session, Janis Bergman-Carton will share a new research-based art project which asks how the most progressive city in Texas came to be its most segregated. Working with census data, historical maps and photography archives, this project helps to visualize Austin’s history in works of art that spur conversation, analysis, and imaginative thinking about the future. Professor Bergman-Carton, a scholar of art history, retired from Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School for the Arts in 2015. She teaches art history in Free Minds.

Class of 2018 Graduation

Join us in celebration as this year’s cohort graduates from the Free Minds program. Stay tuned for details.