Fall Call for Art

Healing A Nation: Imagining a New Future Through Art

Calling all artivists! Art can be a powerful tool both for understanding human rights issues and for creating change. Art can help us to shift our lens, see each other more clearly, and take action on important issues in our communities. In this time of national and global turmoil, of divisive politics and great uncertainty, art can reflect and document the human rights issues stemming from this division, but it can also provide an imaginative space that helps us to envision a world where the wounds caused by those issues are healed. Art can help to start authentic conversations and build bridges to reconciliation.

Our fall call for art invites students to imagine what these bridges might look like. Each of our fall speaker series lessons end with an opportunity to engage creatively with a human rights issue, whether through traditional artistic mediums like painting or through spoken word. You can use these lessons to help students develop art or you can invite students to create pieces directly related to the theme of imagining what a healed nation would look like.

Student art will be accepted on a rolling basis and may be featured in the newsletter, on our website, or at RFK events. Students may submit art here as individuals or as a group. If you are interested in hosting an art showing or gallery walk of student art in your area, you can access our toolkit here which will guide you through the process. We look forward to envisioning a healed and hopeful nation alongside you and your students!

Additional Resources

“What is Artivism?” - A resource created by Dartmouth that defines artivism, provides more background on the topic, and includes weekly samples of student art

Art & Resistance Through Education (ARTE) - ARTE provides curriculum and material specifically designed to help students develop creative projects that bring awareness about human rights issues

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