virtual event; open to the public and all mentees & mentors
Join us for a celebration of visual storytelling with artist and writer, Ariel Aberg-Riger.
We’ll hear about Ariel’s professional journey and her experience writing about everything from affordable housing to domestic violence for places like The Guardian, Teen Vogue, and CityLab before creating her debut book, America Redux: Visual Stories From Our Dynamic History.
With writing prompts, drawing, and collage exercises, we’ll imagine ways to illustrate our own stories and use the power of visual storytelling to explore issues of equity and social justice.
Ariel Aberg-Riger is a self-taught artist whose work has been featured in gallery shows, magazines, newspapers, apps, plates, and even in a hit card game. She is focused on using the power of visual storytelling to explore issues of equity and social justice, encouraging readers to think differently about history, science, policy, and the other forces that shape our lives. Ariel lives with her wife and kids in sunny Buffalo, NY, and is currently working on a book about American history and identity set to be published by Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins in 2023. She is a 2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Nonfiction Literature, and a member of the Tin House 2020 Summer Workshop. She is represented by Jenny Stephens at Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc.
More about America Redux: Visual Stories From Our Dynamic History…
A critical, unflinching cultural history and fierce beacon of hope for a better future, America Redux is a necessary and galvanizing read.
What are the stories we tell ourselves about America?
How do they shape our sense of history,
cloud our perceptions,
America Redux explores the themes that create our shared sense of American identity and interrogates the myths we’ve been telling ourselves for centuries. With iconic American catchphrases as chapter titles, these twenty-one visual stories illuminate the astonishing, unexpected, sometimes darker sides of history that reverberate in our society to this very day–from the role of celebrity in immigration policy to the influence of one small group of white women on education to the effects of “progress” on housing and the environment, to the inspiring force of collective action and mutual aid across decades and among diverse groups.
Fully illustrated with collaged archival photographs, maps, documents, graphic elements, and handwritten text, this book is a dazzling, immersive experience that jumps around in time and will make you view history in a whole different light.
all mentees, all mentors, program alum and the public