1. What is Social Change? What is art for social change? How do/Can the
arts forward social change? Do you agree/disagree with the perspective
of Howard Zinn on artists role on social change? Support your
perspective by using some significant historical examples,
analyze how artists are “transcending” boundaries and becoming change
Final Critical Project.
meet with me at least Once before Finalizing Your Projects
1. Each student will select from one of the social movement, an Artist,
whose art has Aeffected/inspired/impacted you.
2. Identify the nature of the Non Violent Protest, the artist was/ is
engaged in. The causes of the protest, the denial/violation of
3. How as an “artist” did she/he give voice to the demands/
concerns of the Protesters to help bring about change?
You can limit to a specific cause e.g. Rising unemployment, racial
discrimination, women’s rights/violance against women, poverty,
housing, inequality, civil/gender liberties…
Choice of your Selected artist/protest, in a proposal of your project
addressing 1. & 2 is due
A rough draft of your project addressing 1. & 2 and 3 is due
This must include your works consulted/References.
Project is due
Final Creative Project ;
“ARTIVIST,” (artist+activist) What Social Change would you like to see?
As we have seen throughout this class the arts are an important locus
for social change work. This has been true in times past and is
now increasingly the case locally, nationally, and globally. This
project aims to bring together students with an interest in
investigating and investing in social change work through the arts.
The artivist uses his/her talents to fight and struggle against
injustice and oppression – through nonviolent persuasion.
The artivist merges commitment to freedom and justice with the pen, the
brush, the voice, the body, and the imagination.
What skills are useful in shaping social change through the arts?
Students will explore strategies for building skills and have the
opportunity to begin developing some specific techniques with the
purpose of Affecting social change.
Students will discuss social issues of interest, and brainstorm about
ways they may be addressed through various art forms and media.
They will undertake writing, digital stories, theater exercises, and
music, video, photographs, posters and art projects, to develop
artworks and short performance pieces inspired by material covered in
During the last three weeks, we will have an informal showing of
these on campus.
Due April 4th..
Final Presentation . May 2 &9