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Get to Know Town Hall Panelist Shane Aslan Selzer

CMA is hosting a Town Hall on Sunday, October 21 featuring Shane Aslan Selzer and her son Sekou Ross-Selzer as panelists. Shane is an artist, writer and organizer whose practice develops micro-communities where artists can expand on larger social issues such as exchange, critique and failure. Get to know her below!

What do you learn from working with young artists?

Working with young artists is always inspiring. Kids are often fearless in how they visualize the world and harness their imaginations. I learn so much from young artists about my own curiosity and the ways I pursue it.

What impact do you think kids will have on the future?

A lot of the kids I know are fiercely committed to creating a kinder, more empathetic society that protects our resources and each other.

What advice do you have for a young artist?

Keep Going. Keep Working. Stay open to new experiences and new points of view.

What is the benefit of making art with other people?

When I make work with other people we are connected through the work we make. It forces me to articulate my own point of view and asks me to consider other perspectives.

What is your definition of a collective?

When people come together to work collaboratively on an issue or a project. This generates a greater amount of energy that can grow a project beyond the individual.

Shane Aslan Selzer is an artist who is the founding editor of the Social Action Archive Committee (SAAC), a flexible group of researchers developing new projects using dormant archives. SAAC is currently developing a new project with Visual AIDS in New York. Selzer is exhibiting new collaborative work this fall at Tabakalera in San Sebastian, Spain. Selzer is the Co-Editor of What We Want Is Free: Critical Exchanges in Recent Art (SUNY Press, 2014) and a part time faculty member in the Fine Arts Department at Parsons School for Design, The New School University. Her work is featured in CMA’s current exhibition “Art & Activism: Drawing the Line.” Learn more at

This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. CIVICKIDS is sponsored by Google.


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