Cannupa Hanska: The Artist’s Role in a Community

As the week winds down, so does our time getting to know CANNUPA HANSKA. Come see his beautiful sculpture at this summer’s public art show RACE AND REVOLUTION.

Q: What role does or should an artist have in society?


A: Art is powerful in its simplicity. It can convey ideas across class and culture, due to its lack of reliance on language. This makes it one of the most powerful tools of communication and cross-cultural understanding. There is an inherent value of culture which is life-enhancing, entertaining, and defines our personal and national identities. Art is a deceptively simple way to access complex cultures that might otherwise be overlooked. Art allows space to tell these complex stories and share information about the human experience, that historically, has been otherwise erased.

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