Celebrating Artist Activists of Color

Our final feature in this month dedicated to Arts and Social Justice highlights the work of a collaborative grant program that supports and promotes the work of artists of color. In 2019, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) and the Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC) became re-granting partners selected by theContinue reading “Celebrating Artist Activists of Color”

Arts and Pride

Continuing to highlight organizations that use the arts to advance social justice, we feature a program that showcases LGBTQ+ artists and authors. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Boston Pride, the nonprofit organization that produces the annual parade, festival, and other events to celebrate Greater Boston’s LGBTQ+ community. Boston Pride’s mission is to “produceContinue reading “Arts and Pride”

Prison Arts Outreach

Continuing to highlight organizations that use the arts to advance social justice, we now feature a program at Boston College that serves incarcerated women. At Boston College, the Prison Arts Outreach program has joined arts and social justice since 2008. Associate Professor Crystal Tiala, a scenic designer in the Theater Department, created the program andContinue reading “Prison Arts Outreach”

Preparing “Wee the People”

This week we shine the spotlight on a Greater Boston organization to promote and amplify their work with youth at the intersection of arts and social justice. Wee The People (WTP) is a social justice project for kids, parents, and educators. Co-founded in 2015 by a pair of racial justice educators, artists, and mothers—Francie LatourContinue reading “Preparing “Wee the People””

Theater and Social Justice

“Theater is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theater can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it.” Augusto Boal “One of the things that theater can do is provide narratives that bring us together. There’s something very cathartic about feeling that you’reContinue reading “Theater and Social Justice”

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 fairlyContinue reading “Where Art Meets Activism”