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Social Justice Art: Background

Social justice art encompasses a wide range of visual and performing arts designed to raise critical consciousness, build community, and motivate individuals to promote social change.  Practitioners believe art can be a catalyst to engage community members to take action around social issues. Artists have recognized and reacted to injustice throughout time and across cultures.  This guide highlights a handful of 20th and 21st c. artists and how to find more.                             Social Justice Art. Wikipedia. Copied 28Oct2022 BQP

Finding artists and projects

Creative Capital
Creative Capital supports underserved, risk-taking artists in the creation of new work and in building sustainable practices. Search their website for "grantees" to find projects related to social justice.

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Barb Prior (she/her)  Head, Clarence Ward Art Library
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Art & architecture of East Asia, Africa, Latin America, Islam, the Ancient Mediterranean, the Western Middle Ages, the Renaissance & Baroque periods, and Global Art of the 20th c & 21st c.
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