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Date(s) - September 30, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Hatton Gallery, Visual Arts Building


Holding Space mural unveiling
A celebration of the work by Alliance high school students participating in the 2018 SJTA

We are the next generation of voices. We are the future, we are change, we are hope, we are power and intelligence. We came into this program as strangers, and we will leave it not only as friends, but accomplished artists.” – Student participants in the 2018 Alliance Social Justice Thru the Arts experience

The event is presented in collaboration with Alliance Partnership, College of Liberal Arts, Women Studies and Gender Research, CSU Dance, and the Department of Art and Art History.

The Social Justice Thru the Arts (SJTA) Summer Institute 2018 brought students from Alliance high schools to campus for a week to learn about issues of gender equity, belonging, access, and justice through hands-on learning with CSU faculty, CSU student mentors, and renowned mural artist Rose Jaffe.

The Mural Holding Space found a new home in the Visual Arts Building on CSU Campus as part of the Engaged Art Walk Initiative, an arts-based community-building project, and an outdoor exhibition space that features rotating installations that integrate art, society, and education. Located on the north side of CSU’s Visual Art building, the Arts Walk is a visible space for activating CSU’s Principles of Community, as well as the Art Department’s educational and outreach missions.

Virtual artist talk by Rose Jaffe, feature artist Social Justice thru the Arts 2018

Rose Jaffe is a visual artist, with mediums spanning mural painting, ceramics, printmaking, and digital illustration. Born and raised in the nation’s capital, Rose loves calling Washington, D.C. home. She earned her BFA at the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan and has pursued an art career full-time after teaching middle and high school art in the city. She has painted over 30 murals nationally and internationally, including over 20 in D.C. Her art has been featured in over twelve publications, including the Washington Post and City Paper as well as NBC, CNN, and Channel 9 among others. The themes of her work include political activism, social justice, natural healing, and spiritual grounding. Her work is vibrant, colorful, and often playful. She is dedicated to the work of harnessing the power of art to find connections, build community, spark conversation and create social change.


SJTA is part of the summer institutes hosted by the CSU Alliance Partnership. Funding is provided by the CSU College of Liberal Arts and the CSU Alliance Partnership