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The Price of Gold: Gold Mining and Rainforest Cultures in El Chocó, Colombia with Steve Cagan and Mary Kelsey

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Thursday, July 16
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free will offering!

In this artists’ talk we will discuss the introduction of mechanized mining to Columbia and its effect on the delicate rain forest environment and its traditional cultures.   We will also explore how art can contribute to our understanding of the natural and social world and to the struggle for environmental and social justice.

Mary Kelsey is a visual artist whose paintings and drawings have been exhibited in New York, Boston and other cities. She has an undergraduate degree in anthropology from Stanford and a graduate degree in painting from the Museum School, Boston. She was a Fulbright research fellow in Central America.

Steve Cagan is a photographer whose work documents people’s resistance to threats to their dignity, freedom and security. He has written and spoken about these issues in Latin America and the US and, with his wife Beth Cagan, coauthored a book about Salvadoran refugees in Honduras. Steve has a degree in history and has taught at Rutgers, Case, and other universities. He was a Fulbright research fellow in both El Salvador and Colombia.

Steve and Mary work in collaboration with communities and with the Catholic Diocese of Quibdó, Colombia.  The Congregation of St. Joseph is a sponsor of this project.

If you or someone you know is interested in showing their art at River’s Edge, please contact Sarah Widener at or 216-688-1111 x317.

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July 16th, 2015 7:00 PM

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