The Art of Social Change

The First Brushstroke—Developing Creative Partnerships, October 2015 workshop.

Many art and design projects depend on the collaboration of community partners and others to achieve their objectives. The Art of Social Change series offers practical tips for impactful partnerships around art serving to build community and catalyze social change. The series is presented by WashU's Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Brown School of Social Work, and Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, and the Regional Arts Commission.

The 2016-2017 series is still being finalized, but includes:

Thursday, May 11
Show Up and Be Seen—Preparing for Your Arena Moment
8:30-10:30a, Steinberg Hall Gallery

Wednesday, February 22
Introduction to Digital Storytelling: Engaging Community through the Power of Story, Sound, and Image
6-8p, Steinberg Hall Gallery

Led by Michael Pagano and Elaine Cha, this workshop is designed to familiarize people with the process of creating digital stories or videos to tell and share stories of impact. More information and registration here>>

Tuesday, October 25
Inspiring a Movement: Using Images to Motivate and Agitate
3-5p, Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar Blvd.

Led by professor Lisa Bulawsky and assistant professor Penina Acayo, this workshop will explore some of the ways that art and design can inspire organizing and moving groups through strategic use of images and text. More information and registration here>>

Workshop topics from 2014-2016 included identifying opportunities for long-term integration of the arts into reciprocal relationships, organizing groups of people for social change, and using techniques of theater and improv to identify potential partnerships.