Art for Social Change: intersections of Art, Identity and Advocacy program immerses students in the study of artists and communities using art to inspire social change. In Art for Social Change, a wide variety of creative practices are embraced as essential tools for civic engagement, participatory democracy and direct action. Through lively dialogues in classroom seminars, field visits with the Twin Cities' most influential community-based artists, and a professional internship, Art for Social Change students explore how art and culture impact communities and how creative work (performance, writing, visual art, music, etc.) has the power to address pressing social issues and make them visible and real. The program uses current events and recent history to examine subjects like social and cultural identity, war, racial injustice, poverty, and ecological devastation. As a class, students grapple with questions like, what is the role and responsibility of the artist in response to these issues? How can art bring people together across difference? Can art save lives? What are the ethics behind community based-art? How do you use/introduce/infuse art in communities that are not your own? Is art a necessity or a luxury? Throughout the semester students meet with a wide variety of local artists, educators, and arts advocates in addition to attending performances, films and installations that evoke deeper investigations into these questions. You will take part in a 200+hr internship that relates to one of the topics in the program, and that is of most concern or interest to you. We work closely to ensure that the internship is a good fit for both the student and the community partner.
Want to learn more about Art for Social Change and some of the potential internships?: https://hecua.org/artforsocialchange
Want to learn more about the relationship between HECUA and the University of Minnesota?: https://hecua.org/about/members/university-of-minnesota-twin-cities-duluth-morris-crookston-rochester
Want to apply?: https://hecua.org/apply-now