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Applied Arts for Social Justice

Grassroots creative projects offer unique opportunities for exploring conflict and justice and can sometimes serve as catalysts for cultural and political change. But how exactly do these activities make space for change and what are the societal underpinnings necessary to sustain the change these works seek to create? Through case studies, explore the work of the Belarus Free Theatre; the Philadelphia-based Mural Arts Project; the work of Afghanistan Human Rights Democracy Organization; the New York-based Bond Street Theatre in Afghanistan; the storytelling and applied theatre-based project, We Are Here Now in the Rio Grande Valley; and the hip-hop dance movements in Ghana and South Africa. Engage with an array of artists and practitioners who are experts in their fields, providing opportunities to ask questions and become familiar with how art practices impact the world around them.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Knowledge of how to apply the arts for a social impact
  • An understanding of how arts organizations can and do participate in global civil society

Ideal for

  • Arts professionals seeking opportunities to connect with social impact projects
  • Community outreach professionals seeking an arts-based toolkit
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