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Artist/Activist: Lunchtime Conversations with Sandy Spieler and Shela Linton

sandyspielerSandy Spieler is a sculptor, painter, graphic artist, performer, theatre director, mother, teacher and perpetual student. She is one of the founders and directors of MayDay and of In the Heart of the Beast Theatre. She holds an MA of Cultural Performance from Bristol University England, and studied puppetry arts at Bread and Puppet Theatre in Vermont, and New York University. She is grateful for supportive awards over the years including two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry Award, and was named the 2014 “Distinguished Artist of the Year” from the McKnight Foundation.


shela-linton-1Shela Linton is a radical, black, queer activist, community organizer, and advocate for social justice. She is a native of Brattleboro Vermont and a single mother of two. Shela hopes one day to turn her advocacy skills into the ability to give legal assistance and become an attorney. Her current initiatives are helping to develop the Black Lives Matter Vermont Chapter, coordinating the “I Am Vermont Too” photo story project, challenging racial micro-aggressions in Vermont, and establishing the first statewide People of Color Caucus for networking, support, and organizing. Shela was nationally recognized as a Home Town Hero for her work with the Vermont Workers’ Center and The Root Social Justice Center in 2014 by Glamour Magazine and in 2015 for her contributions to her family, work and community by The Meredith Viera Show. 

please bring your own lunch

Interviewed by Jon Potter

Thursday Nov 17, 2016
12:00 pm­ – 1:30 pm
Artist Interview
118 Elliot
$5 suggested donation

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