Wearable Art for a Purpose Roundtable Discussion
This round table discussion is the preface to the Fashion Show and visual arts exhibition that provokes conversations about consumer trends, fast fashion, and other commercial ailments.
Tired of social disparities? Use your purchasing power to change it! This fashion show and exhibition will start conversations about consumer trends, fast fashion, and other commercial conversations that will have you thinking before you make that next fast-fashion purchase. Fight the status quo, and get to know what your purchasing power is truly buying!
Call for Entries
Submit your wearable art for a purpose, model, and/or perform at the event!
The round-table discussion will be held via Zoom.
The fashion show will be followed by multi-venue exhibitions throughout the spring and summer of 2023.
The wearable art presented at the fashion show will then be displayed at the following venues:
- Adelphi PAC, Garden City, NY
- Offit Gallery, Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College Columbia University, NYC
- CWNY, Fort Totten, Bayside, NY
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Round Table Panelists
Margarita Espada, MFA
Artist, Educator, Activist
She is a performer, educator, cultural maker, researcher, and activist in the fields and studies of physical theater, body and embodiments, settlers-colonialism, race, ethnicity and migration.
Margarita is the founder and director of Teatro Experimental Yerbabuja, an art organization with the mission to use the arts as a tool for social change (teatroyerbabruja.org). She is part of the faculty at the Department of Women Study at Stony Brook University where she teaches theater and activism.
Margarita received her Master of Fine Art in Dramaturgy from Stony Brook University and her Bachelor of Art in Education from Puerto Rico University. She is a New York State and Puerto Rico-certified theatre teacher with over 30 years of experience as an educator, performer, playwriter, arts activist, and cultural and community organizer.
She has conducted research, supported school and organization change efforts, and facilitated teacher / professional learning around applied theater, culturally responsive practice, curriculum design, problem solving, and reflective communication. Margarita advocates on the importance of arts and culture for the social and economic well-being of the local and global community. Her work advancing the art of LatinX, Black, Indigenous, and artists of color on Long Island has made her one of the most prominent leaders in Long Island. She is a board member for the New York State Dance Force, and a member of the Arts Advisory Council for the Suffolk County Legislature.
She has received numerous awards and proclamations for her leadership, her art and community work including 2021 Faces of Long Island, Newsday, 2018 Martin Luther King Living Legend Award, NAACP Islip, NY, 2018. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times and by the Associated Press, Newsday, and numerous other media outlets.
Jenna Rubaii is an independent ambassador for Noonday Collection, a Fair-Trade fashion and accessories company that partners with artisan businesses to create sustainable and dignified work for women in some of the world’s most vulnerable
communities, providing them with a global marketplace for their art. Jenna is a passionate stylist, storyteller, and connector and finds it incredibly rewarding to help build a world where women are empowered, children are cherished, people have jobs and we are all connected.
Every piece in the Noonday collection tells the unique story of the inspiring artisans behind them.
Originally from Clearwater, Florida, Jenna now resides in New York City. When she is not sharing Noonday with the world she is a singer and actress who has performed on Broadway and starred in multiple national and international tours.
Daniela Fabrizi is a textile artist, costume designer, and cultural manager. Born in Puerto Rico and half Argentinian, she inspires her work in the textile tradition of diverse cultures, her journeys, and in creative reuse as a tool for environmental consciousness. Daniela holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Aesthetics in Film from the University of Puerto Rico (2010).
She started a textile journey by taking independent courses and workshops in cities such as New York, London, Buenos Aires, Sapa (Vietnam), and different towns in Mexico. Her work experience includes projects in film, theater, advertising, and styling in the music industry, as well as community projects and numerous collaborations in costumes and textiles.
Her work for different artists has been seen on distinguished stages such as the Latin Grammys, the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum Shop and MOMA PS1. From 2016 to 2019, she served as director of Textiles for ‘Loisaida Festival’ in NYC as well as director/co-founder of ‘Garbagia’ Project, both roots to a chain of community projects inspired by sustainability, environmental awareness, and creative reuse as a tool for social change. Through art and the preservation of textile techniques, her key motivation is to educate about reusing and repurposing waste materials. All this growth in the topic has led her to be known for promoting the subject of creative reuse. Fabrizi is currently developing her projects ‘Feria Calle – Feria de Reuso Creativo’ where “Cine Upcycling”, “Feria Calle Niños” and “La Trash Ball” were born; ‘ReHecho’ an itinerant community initiative based on conversations about resilience, environmental consciousness and its possible solutions through creative reuse, she is member of Junktown Duende collective dedicated to community art made out of trash, while working on her artisan brand Le Chat Costumier.
Felipe Vega is a researcher, educator, and artist (musician, draftsman, poet, designer, apprentice luthier). He is passionate about the love for lifelong knowledge in the function of helping communities so that we remember to live in harmony; in search of means to activate projects for the benefit of repair workshops in the communities of luthiers, tailors, artisan jewelers, shoemakers, and more, to promote circular economy processes. Felipe is also looking for funding for projects that have already provided excellent results transforming armament into pieces of art and helping the community of the deprived of liberty in the transformation of violent behaviors into artistic ones and providing follow-up to the processes of reincorporation into society.
Stephanie Lake, PhD
Stephanie Lake, PhD, is a Sociologist/Criminologist who studies crime, the law and criminal justice policy. As faculty in the Department of Sociology, she serves as Director of the Criminal Justice Program at Adelphi University, a program she developed and initiated in 2004. Courses taught include Criminology, Crime and Punishment, Sociology of Terrorism, and Police and Community Relations. Her research involves disparities in sentencing across race, ethnicity, and gender, and the policing of marginalized populations in the U.S.
Dr. Lake is the Adelphi faculty liaison of the initiative Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation, co-sponsored by Adelphi University, Gottesman Libraries- Teachers College- Columbia University and Sing for Hope.