Chip Thomas: Activist, Artist, Doctor

Chip Thomas

Activist, Artist, Doctor

 

Not all artists are activists, but count Chip Thomas in. 

Embracing the relationship between art and action, Chip Thomas is busy,

spreading peace, love + awareness through paste + paint all over the world!

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Photo is Courtesy of Chip Thomas, All Rights Reserved

Speaking @ GCC on

Friday, March 25th

12 pm to 1:30pm in the Student Union

 

Involved with multiple organizations highlighting grass roots initiatives, Chip Thomas is making a difference in unique ways.

 

One of the non-profits Chip Thomas supports is Honor the Treaties.  They are an organization dedicated to amplifying the voices of Indigenous communities through art and advocacy by funding collaborations between Native artists and Native advocacy groups so that their messages can reach a wider audience.  Chip Thomas is one of several high profile allies including John Densmore, Daryl Hannah, and Peter Yarrow.  Read more here.

 

Chip Thomas’ Just Seeds bio includes an impressive list of interests including Anti-War, Culture & Media, Education, Environment & Climate, Global Solidarity, Health, Indigenous Resistance, Inspiration, Police & Prisons, Racial Justice, and Social Movement. With members working across North America, Just Seeds believes in the transformative power of personal expression in concert with collective action.  Read more here.

 

Begun by Chip Thomas in 2012, the Painted Desert Project connects public artists with communities through mural opportunities on the Navajo Nation.  In an effort to boost tourism on the reservation, to supplement the incomes of families with roadside stands, and to nurture the creative talent of local youth, Chip Thomas invited a few world-renowned street artists to come to the Navajo Nation to paint murals in 2012 and has continued doing so as funding allows.  Click here to see a map of mural sites across northern Arizona.  Map of Mural Sites

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Doctor Unmasked As Artist Provokes, Inspires On The Navajo Nation

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If you travel across the rural Navajo Nation you may find yourself rubbernecking out the window at giant street art. Murals created from photographic images of Navajo people appear on water towers, roadside stands, even abandoned houses.

Until recently, the artist wanted to remain anonymous.

Read more at the link provided: http://www.fronterasdesk.org/content/10107/doctor-unmasked-artist-provokes-inspires-navajo-nation

Chip Thomas: ARTIST, Doctor, Activist

Chip Thomas

Artist, Doctor, Activist

 

May it be beautiful before me.  May it be beautiful behind me.  May it be beautiful below me.  May it be beautiful above me.  May it be beautiful all around me.  In beauty it is finished.  In beauty it is finished.

 

Lines from the Navajo Night Chant and prayer

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​Photo is Courtesy of Chip Thomas, All Rights Reserved

Speaking @ GCC on

Friday, March 25th

12 pm to 1:30pm in the Student Union

“His artwork is humble, peaceful, and full of life.

It has a spirit:  It’s alive and speaks to you, creating a connection.”

~Jerilyn Yazzie, GCC Student

Chip Thomas started working in a small community between the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley called Inscription House in 1987. He’d always been drawn to photography and built a darkroom shortly after arriving on the Navajo Nation. His passion photographically is shooting black and white in a documentary style inspired by people like Eugene Smith, Eugene Richards, Joseph Koudelka and others. Going out and spending time with people in their homes and family camps, Thomas has come to know his patients as friends, and found the visits enhanced doctor/patient relationships by helping him be a more empathetic health care practitioner.

Drawn to street art, graffiti and old school hip-hop, Chip was attracted to the energy of the culture in the 80s.  Though miles away from the epicenter, he thought of myself as a charter member of the Zulu Nation and would travel to New York City to see graffiti on trains, on buildings and in galleries.

A trip to Brasil in 2009 coincided with a difficult period in Chip’s life. Though not wasn’t looking for an epiphany, he was fortunate to stumble upon a passionate group of artists working on the street who befriended him. It was during this time that Chip began to appreciate how photography could be a street art form. Infatuated with the feeling he got being with the artists in Salvador do Bahia, he wanted to find a way to keep that vibe going and began pasting images along the roadsides of the Navajo reservation in June 2009.  Read more here.

 

To learn more about Chip Thomas’ story and journey 

through art, medicine and activism, 

come join us March 25th from 

12pm to 1:30pm in the Student Union.

50 Years from Selma, Jetsonorama, and Equality in Brooklyn

brookChip Thomas does murals all over the world! He has done numerous collaborations and this is just one of the many.  Jetsonorama created this piece in Brooklyn, New York, this a collaboration with Dan Budnik. Budnik is an American photographer noted for his photos of artists, photos of the Civil Rights Movement, and Native American life.

And Chip Thomas is coming to GCC!! MARCH 25th!!

Provided is the link to the original article.

http://www.brooklynstreetart.com/theblog/2015/06/27/50-years-from-selma-jetsonorama-and-equality-in-brooklyn/#.VvFzlE32bcs

 

CHIP THOMAS COMING TO GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE MARCH 25th!!

Chip Thomas

Doctor, Artist, Activist

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Photo is Courtesy of Chip Thomas, All Rights Reserved

Speaking @ GCC on

Friday, March 25th

12 pm to 1:30pm in the Student Union

Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, James “Chip” Thomas like his father became a medical doctor.  While attending Nashville’s Meharry Medical College, one of the nation’s oldest and largest historically black academic health science centers dedicated to educating physicians, he led First Aid teams in Liberia during the summers.  As an African American, visiting Africa had a profound effect on the young Dr. Thomas.  He would return again to Africa a few years later to join a medical team trekking the length Africa. A 12,107-mile cycling trip, completed in record time, earned Chip’s team a record spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Committed to universal and public health, In 1987 Chip signed a 4-year contract to practice medicine on the Navajo reservation in a government run facility.  He saw himself returning to a developing country later on, but began to appreciate the parallels between Africa and the Navajo Nation.  He fell in love with the people and the land. Almost three decades later, Dr. Chip Thomas still resides on tribal lands in Northern Arizona treating Navajo patients in a rural community.

Dr. Thomas has said that his work as a physician brings him both happiness and sadness.  Photography became a way that he could help reconcile the dualities of medical practice into art that restored balance and reflected back the beauty that he saw around him.

  

To learn more about Chip Thomas’ story and journey 

through medicine, art, and activism, 

come join us March 25th from 

12pm to 1:30pm in the Student Union.

How a Doctor Working in the Navajo Nation Makes Compelling Photo Murals

Photos Courtesy of Chip Thomas

A video of Chip Thomas, get to know his work.

If you live in Arizona, I’m sure you’ve seen it before!

The link provided takes you to the video done by Phoenix Times Magazine.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/video/how-a-doctor-working-in-the-navajo-nation-makes-compelling-photo-murals-YTujJsvd

STEAM FESTIVAL & Open House @ GCC

GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE is Hosting a STEAM FESTIVAL & Open House

MARCH 25th 2016!!

*Health & Wellness Fair

*Campus Vegetarian Potluck

*Guest Speaker Chip Thomas

*Forum on Climate Change

*STEAM Fest & Open House

COME AND JOIN US HERE @ GCC

Glendale Community College · 6000 West Olive Avenue · Glendale Arizona 85302
(623) 845-3245

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