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Date(s) - June 5, 2022 - August 12, 2022
12:00 am

Visual Arts Building


The Alliance Partnership, Women Studies and Gender Research, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Art and Art History, and the College of Liberal arts are proud to presents the program Social Justice thru the Arts 2022 (SJTA).  A one-week long workshop that teaches basic social justice concepts and advocacy through integrated work and exploration in the arts from Tuesday, May 31 to Sunday, June 5th, with exhibition on June 5-10 in the Nancy Richardson Design Center and June 13 – Aug 12 in the Visual Arts Building.

“Social Justice thru the Arts, like all the other Alliance Summer Institutes at CSU, works with ten Colorado high schools promoting a college-going culture. Students’ participants come from 10 least resourced high schools in Colorado composed of First Generation, racially and ethnically diverse students, and high numbers of students who are on free and reduced lunch”.  Dr. Patricia Vigil, Director of Alliance and University Partnership Relations

Students collaborate alongside CSU faculty, students, and community educators through team building, intercultural dialogue, and collaboration across differences, nurturing individual and collective voices, and fostering community dialog by emphasizing skills that promote social justice advocacy. In the process they not only learn what a career in the arts through a social justice lens looks and feels like but also how the art fits into their lives and communities by addressing issues of equity, belonging, access, justice, and how the creative process is a part of all our stories.

“Our social justice framework uses power, privilege, and difference to engage participants about their identities, histories, and communities. We emphasize collaborative learning among community educators, students, and faculty through team building, intercultural dialogue, nurturing individual and collective voice, and fostering communication across differences”.  Dr. Caridad Souza, SJTA coordinator, Department of Ethnic Studies

SJTA 2022 will return to the Visual Arts Building for the workshop portion of the program, specifically in the Art Education Area, led by Dr. Claire Chien.

We wanted to pay our respect to Dr. Patrick Fahey, past head of Art Education, who opened the door of the Department of Art and Art History to SJTA back in 2018. Dr. Fahey recently passed away. This is our small way to keep his memory alive and show our deepest appreciation for the person and the academic, who since the beginning believed in us and showed his support to this program”. Silvia Minguzzi, SJTA coordinator, Department of Art and Art History

This year participants will have the unique opportunity to learn from skilled teachers, from each other, from themselves, and from History. Fort Collins-based multimedia artist Louise Cutler is excited to join the Social Justice thru the Arts team empowering youth through creative expression.

“I consider one’s art an extension of one’s life. My work, whether painting, drawing, writing, gardening, or performing is a visual or written translation of my life, feelings, people I have encountered, places I have been, and things I have seen.” Louise Cutler, SJTA feature artist

Louise Cutler’s latest paintings combine her love of gardening and fashion design. She studied fashion design at the International Academy of Merchandise and Design in Chicago and graduated with a tailoring certificate from Dunbar Vocational High School. Drawing has always come naturally to her; as a child, she drew continually. In grade school, her desks were often filled with pencil and crayon drawings of homes, cars, playgrounds, and people. She loved making images using clay and would often create an entire world. Her imagination was her way of escaping some of the harsh realities of life while growing up in the early sixties in urban America. www.louisecutlerstudio.com


Social Justice thru the Arts culminates with an exhibition, opening on Sunday, June 5 in the Richardson Design Center, and on display until June 10.

From June 12 – Aug 12 the exhibition will move into the Visual Arts Building, to add another piece to the Engaged Art Walk, an arts-based community building project and an exhibition space that features rotating installations that integrate art, society, and education. SJTA is also included into the DEIJ effort by the Department of Art and Art History.

May 31- June 5
Art Education Area, Visual Arts Building

Exhibition (free and open to public)
June 5-10
Nancy Richardson Design Center
522 W. Lake Street, CSU Campus
Opening and reception: Sunday, June 5, 1 p.m.

June 13 – Aug 12
Visual Arts Building
551 W. Pitkin Street, CSU Campus