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Date(s) - July 17, 2023 - July 22, 2023
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Art Education Classroom, D102, Visual Arts Building


Social Justice thru the Art (SJTA) is coming back on July 17-22, 2023. Hosted in the Art Education Area in the Department of Art and Art History, Visual Arts Building, as part of the Engaged Art Walk initiative.

SJTA teaches basic social justice concepts through arts-based practices. Students from 10 underserved High schools in Colorado will integrate all they have learned by working with the featured artist to create an art piece from a social justice framework. 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 of our stories.

This year participants will have the unique opportunity to learn from skilled teachers, from each other, from themselves, and from Kris Mendonça, a Colorado-based Brazilian-USAnian multimedia artist. His work ranges from illustration, comics, murals, and animation to dance teaching and drag. He is also a TEDx speaker and a movie maker, exploring themes tackling queer identity, social criticism, and self-expression.

Experience includes:

  • Experience working with CSU faculty and students through art-based practices.
  • Expert advice on applying to college, admission requirements, financial aid, housing, and careers
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Final presentation/exhibition