“This is a “let’s do it” guide to action, an accessible and well-illustrated collection of strategies ideal for artists (and non-artists alike) who are willing to put themselves out there for the common good.”Ken Krafchek, Graduate Director, MFA in Community Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art
“Art is not only a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.” ― Bertolt Brecht
Students devised a plan to use two canvases side by side, to demonstrate oppressive forces at work for their trips’ issue and a radical new future beckoned by creative resistance and struggle. The results were collected on April 15th and Chelsea went back to campus to support the installation. The results were incredible.
“Cultivating Another World Possible”
“We cannot live without art for it’s the most important dimension of creating change. It’s central to the imagining of new radical possibilities for our future.” Angela Davis
This exhibit is a collective art piece displaying the student’s learnings and experiences on their alternative breaks trip. In collaboration with Beautiful Trouble and CODEPINK, students brainstormed to develop an art piece that would uncover the connections between the social justice issues of immigration, public health, mass incarceration, food justice, sustainability, racial justice, land rights, indigenous issues, and community empowerment. On one side, students are displaying the different oppressive forces that have led to the degradation of our communities. We know whenever there is oppression there is also resistance. On the other side, students are displaying examples of resistance, and imagining a more equitable, just and healthy world possible of mutual respect and dignity for all living things.
While some these experiences were in an international context, art allows students to strip down the borders and see the issues as they operate in our own local communities.
-Alternative Breaks Team