Engaged Art Walk
The Engaged Art Walk is 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, and under the curation of the Clara Hatton Gallery, the Engaged Arts Walk is a visible space for activating CSU’s Principles of Community, as well as our educational and outreach missions.
The Mural Initiative: Nicholas Galanin designs State S(t)eal,
A new mural designed by nationally recognized artist Nicholas Galanin and painted by students in ART 260: Painting I and ART 460: Advanced Painting and foundations, has been painted on the Visual Arts building on the CSU campus.
Nicholas Galanin, a Lingít/Unangax̂ multi-disciplinary artist whose work is rooted in his perspective as an Indigenous man, will be on campus in early 2023 to participate in the mural unveiling at CSU’s Visual Arts Building (at the northwest corner closest to Canvas Stadium) followed by an artist talk. For more information on the rescheduling of the unveiling and artist talk, please refer to the Department of Art & Art History’s website.
Galanin’s visit will be a collaboration between the Engaged Art Walk by the Hatton Gallery and the Scott Artist Series, a program that supports the exchange of ideas among artists from multiple disciplines, various places and diverse backgrounds. The series was established by CSU alumni Shaesby Scott (’97, Art) and his wife, Catherine Scott (’98, History).
Social Justice Through the Arts: Holding Space
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 Holding Space mural found a new home in the Visual Arts Building on CSU Campus as part as the Engaged Art Walk, 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.
Black Lives Matter: Where are YOU in the movement?
Inaugural educational project for 2020-2021
We support the nation-wide street art movement that emerged in the summer of 2020, where the statement “Black Lives Matter“ was emblazoned in yellow block lettering on the ground. The artwork connects with the Black Lives Matter movement as well as street and guerilla art, calling attention to the need for antiracism work on personal, social, institutional and political levels. This year we honor the three founders of the BLM movement, Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi.
The installation is a form of street art offering an ephemeral, direct, and timely means for artists to make bold statements to engage in conversation with a broad audience by becoming part of the everyday visual landscape. The Martin typeface used in CSU’s mural by license was inspired by remnants of the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike and was design by Black typographer Tré Seals.