Friday, October 2, 2015

Leaders Under 40

Connecting Across Difference to Lead & Serve.
As part of Community Building Initiative’s mission to increase the capacity and commitment of individuals and organizations to work for change, CBI itself is committed to convening groups of leaders interested in creating a more just, more inclusive community.

Artist Susan Harbage Page was the guest speaker for a session on Leadership and Privilege in Charlotte on August 26, 2015. Participants examined their own privilege and participated in the "Privilege Walk."    Leaders Under 40

Biz People Learn to Unlock Creativity From Artists by Aaron Dalton

I'm delighted to announce that Americans for the Arts has just published The pARTnership Movement essay Foster Critical Thinking featuring the case study on the McColl Center for Art + Innovation.
By Aaron Dalton
Here is a direct link to the Foster Critical Thinking essay -

 According to the 2008 Ready to Innovate report by The Conference Board, Americans for the Arts, and the American Association of School Administrators 97% of U.S. business executives agree that creativity is becoming more important in the workplace, 85% of U.S. executives looking to hire creative people say they cannot find enough qualified applicants and 61% of U.S. executives say that employers have the responsibility to instill creativity in the workforce. Learn how can companies encourage creativity among their employees in order to drive innovation in our pARTnership Movement essay.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Imagining Home at the Baltimore Museum of Art

Imagining Home

Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland

From October 25, 2015 — June 1, 2018

The inaugural exhibition for the BMA’s new Center for People & Art brings together more than 30 works from across the BMA’s collection to explore the universal theme of home.

Nest, Laredo, Texas, Susan Harbage Page

Arrivals & Departures: Objects that show a world of constant transformation and movement include Alfred Stieglitz’s Steerage (1907) photograph of passengers boarding a ship, Susan Harbage Page’s Hiding Place No. 3, Laredo, Texas (2011) large scale photograph of a temporary shelter for someone crossing the U.S./Mexican border, and an ancient Nayarit Model House (c. 200 A.D.) created for the afterlife.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Return to the Negev Desert

A Small Protest, Lakiya, Negev Desert, 2015, Susan Harbage Page

In 1996 I spent two months making audio recordings and photographs with women weavers in Lakiya, Israel, a community "officially" founded in 1985 as part of an Israeli government project to stabilize Bedouins in permanent settlements. My work explored issues of belonging, empowerment, community, religion, and borders. It was a remarkable opportunity. Now, nearly twenty years later,  I returned to Lakiya for a community celebration earlier this month. Returning to this village allowed me to experience and document the many changes in housing, the status of women, access to clean water and labor that have occurred in this border community.

My first visit to Lakiya was supported by a fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council. My collection of photographs of the women’s weaving project from that visit in 1996 was titled “Almost Invisible.” The pictures were exhibited across the state at the Asheville Museum of Art, in Charlotte at The Light Factory Photographic Arts Center, in Greenville at East Carolina University, and in Raleigh at North Carolina State University. These photographs have also been collected by museums across the county including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. My photographs from the project were awarded second prize in the Bernice Abbott International Competition for Women in Documentary Photography and selected for publication in 2000 in Women in Documentary Photography Now.  

Here's a photo from 1996. And the photo above is a small protest I did in support of the Bedouin Community and how they have been treated.

Zenab Al'Sannah, Lakiya, Negev Desert, 1996, Susan Harbage Page


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Diversity Matters

Diversity Matters

Monday, July 20
Carolinas HealthCare System’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a moderated conversation at the McColl Center as part of its First Responder Series, which explores issues “that threaten to disrupt or adversely impact trust and the emotional health of our community.” Last night’s topic was Diversity Matters: The Charleston 9 – Confederate Battle Flag.

Moderated by CHS Chief Diversity Officer Dr. James Taylor, the conversation featured distinguished speakers followed by segments of open forum with the audience. Speakers included:
Susan Harbage Page, a visual artist whose work explores immigration, race, gender and nation
Debbie Dills and Todd Frady, the florist from Shelby who spotted Charleston shooter Dylann Roof, and her boss who was on the phone with her as she raced 80mph behind Roof to capture his tag number for police, which led to his arrest
Senator Malcolm Graham, District 40 representative in the North Carolina Senate whose sister Cynthia Hurd was murdered by Dylann Roof at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston
Tom Hanchett, staff historian at the Levine Museum of the New South and revered as “the keeper of Charlotte’s past“

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A few images from The Red Spider Web/La Ragnatela Rossa Performance

Thanks to all who attended the performance on Friday night at Villa Pacchiani in Santa Croce sul'Arno. Special Thanks to curator Manuela De Leonardis, Director Ilaria Mariotti and composer Kenneth Stewart for collaborating with me on the music.
Susan Harbage Page with Manuela De Leanardis