“Social Protest, Social Change & the Role of Art,” a dialogue between artists Alan Magee, Rob Shetterly and audience members, will take place Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St. The talk is part of a series of events relating to the “War on Peace” exhibit at the arts center centering on the effects of war and the practice of peace activism.

The artists, both Maine residents, are speaking publicly together for the first time. They will discuss their ideas on the obligations of artists in society and culture; how other artists have used art in different ways to raise awareness or effect change; and specifically why they chose to make this type of art. They see the talk as an opportunity for open discussion about peace activism, art making and how the voice of social consciousness can become authentic and trusted or perceived as the rant of a crackpot.

The “War on Peace” exhibit was inspired by the upcoming visit of Capt. Paul K. Chappell, a West Point graduate, Iraq veteran and now a peace activist. Magee, Shetterly and Waterfall Arts came together through the organizing efforts of board member and peace activist Tammy Lacher Scully.

Shetterly’s portraits of people who have spoken out against war are from his series, Americans Who Tell the Truth. Collections from the 180 portrait series now travel all over the country as part of Shetterly’s efforts to educate Americans about the importance of speaking out against dishonorable and harmful practices.

Magee’s drawings, collages, prints and sculptures in the exhibit were made in response to the corporal impact of war as well as the underlying intentions of those who seek to profit from the conflicts. Magee has written that “military aggression had become so pressing for me that by the mid 1980s I put aside my realist painting to address these issues through my work.”

The exhibit and related events are sponsored by Yo Mamma’s Home and City Drawers, both located on Main Street in Belfast, and radio station WERU-FM.  Other events related to the “War on Peace” exhibit are a talk by photographer Harlan Crichton and a teacher’s workshop led by Breaking Stereotypes and Shetterly, both on Oct. 18. Chappell, who now works tirelessly with the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation as their Peace Leadership Director, will give a talk Friday, Oct. 26 and lead a “Waging Peace” workshop the next day. Interactive performances and a Bring-Our-War-Dollars-Home-Drawathon are planned for November.

Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High St. Admission to the “Social Protest, Social Change & the Role of Art” talk is by donation, suggested at $5. Students of all ages are encouraged to attend and will be admitted free. For more information on the “War on Peace” exhibit and related events, visit waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222.