OUTSPOKEN ART/ARTE CLARO is a Poetry and Art Exhibition which advocates the United Nations' Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Violence against Women.

St. Thomas University, Fredericton, N.B., Canada, has invited Mr. Gino D’Artali to display a selection of artwork and poetry from his exhibitions, "FacingFaces" during the International Week, March 17 to 22, 2003.

About Gino d’Artali. The Belgian artist, presently living in Mexico, was an art curator in The Netherlands from 1995 to 1998, and he has organized several international projects such as “Butoh Gendai Arts Festival” (1990, a Japanese dance-art festival with over 20 Japanese Butoh dancers and artists presented in Paris, France; Hanover and Berlin, Germany; and Nijmegen, The Netherlands); the “Dresden Multi-Media Festival” (1994, with over 25 German artists presented in Nijmegen, The Netherlands); “FacingFaces” (First one in 2001, the second in 2002. A digital-art project involving 83 artists from 30 countries, presented both in real time Museo de Arte del INBA, Cd. Juárez, Mexico, as well as on the Internet.)
This year, Gino d’Artali founded the C.A.U.S.E. (Coalition of Artists United for Social Engagement), to secure the continuation of FacingFaces, and to continue to create a platform for the need for communication and understanding between worlds, the different cultures, religions, colors, economical differences, and a global link to art worldwide.

Keynote speakers: Honourable Senator Nöel Kinsella; Honourable Margaret-Ann Blaney, Minister of Public Safety, Minister For the Status of Women; Deborah Doherty, Acting Director, Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research; and other speakers from: Sexual Assault Crisis Centre, Support for Single Parents, NB Coalition of Transition Houses, Silent Witness Project.

Outspoken Art cultural activities for 2003 are organized and co-ordinated by:
Nela Rio
Associate Professor
Romance Languages Department
St. Thomas University

About Nela Rio. The Argentine-Canadian poet, artist, and researcher, teaches Spanish and Spanish American Literature at St. Thomas University. She has successfully organized four annual consecutive international exhibitions of poetry as a member of the Academia Iberoamericana de Poesía, for which St.Thomas University received in recognition of its support to the promotion of cultural activities, the Prometeo Prize from Madrid, Spain. She has also organized two poetry recitals as a part of the United Nations Poetry Program. Outspoken Art/Arte Claro 2003 is her first exhibition which will include art and poetry under a common theme. Nela Rio is the organizer of the International Week and of Outspoken Art/Arte Claro 2003, which will feature local, national and international poets and artists.

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