Where Art Meets Activism

In January, we shared data to demonstrate the positive impact that the arts have on federal, state, and local economies. The arts can also affect policy and social change in communities, and many artists actually use their work for political activism and to advance social justice—in efforts to ensure that all people are treated fairly and equitably, and that we all have the same rights, treatment, and opportunities.

Among the basic purposes of art (along with entertainment, ceremony, preservation, self-expression, and more) are the goals of communication, education, and persuasion. People have used the arts throughout history for social justice purposes such as:

  • Raising awareness
  • Encouraging action
  • Building alliances
  • Serving under-resourced communities

When art meets activism in this way, it is sometimes called artivism. (Take a look at In 2020, ‘Artivism’ Reigned Supreme In Boston, published on the WBUR website in December.)

Many forms of art have been used for this type of advocating for social justice too. Among them are:

  • Murals and sculptures
  • Theater and dance performances
  • Poetry
  • Folk and pop music
  • Posters and signs, even ones for political protest

So, instead of facts and figures this month, we’ll be featuring and amplifying the work of artists using their talents to advance social justice, especially BIPOC artists and in BIPOC communities.

Join us as we continue to explore and celebrate all that art can do!

Published by MCA

The Mosesian Center for the Arts is a vibrant multi-disciplinary community arts organization in Watertown, Massachusetts. The 30,000 square foot Center, located within a former United States Army arsenal, includes a 340-seat main stage theater, a 100-seat black box theater, exhibition galleries, rehearsal halls, classrooms, and resident artist studios. Program offerings include visual and performing arts classes and workshops for all ages, literary and art discussions, and world-class theatrical and musical performances. Regionally recognized and acclaimed, Watertown Children’s Theatre proudly serves as MCA’s flagship performing arts education program, providing exceptional theater arts classes and performances for youth and families. New Repertory Theatre is the award-winning professional theater company in residence at MCA, and the venue is rented to other outstanding performing arts companies in the Greater Boston region.

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