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Gómez-Peña is a performance artist as well as educator, activist and writer.  He spoke to the audience about the injustices in the world, yet he did so with a unique twist.  One of his most influential techniques is to make the audience members uncomfortable, and through their discomfort, expose a number of racial tendencies they may have.  By discussing the things that make most people cringe, Gómez-Peña strikes a certain nerve that in turn corrects the wrong doings many people do, without realizing.  By experiencing such a radical performance, members of the Art Club left the museum with a new outlook on certain injustices and a better understanding of those who are discriminated against.

First Person Narrative

Based on an interview of Abrianne Rhoad conducted by Joanna Krause

Upon my arrival at Washington & Jefferson College, I knew I had to be involved in the arts, one way or another.  I learned about Bottega Art Club through the President, Emily Sciulli, who was ultimately the one who convinced me to join.  At first, I was skeptical.  I didn't have the time or resources to be in such a thing as an Art Club, no matter how badly I wanted to.  Then, Emily elaborated on the happenings done by Club members.  There are no weekly meetings, simply monthly get-togethers to discuss upcoming gallery openings and events.  Instead of strict rules and regulations, the conversations were laid back and interesting.  I even met some students who would soon become some of my closest friends.