Art + Activism is an ongoing, college-wide program that facilitates dynamic conversation between Columbia's students, faculty and staff around the issues of our time. Through increased on and off-campus interdisciplinary engagement (with these topics and the artists who make work about them) we further explore the relationship between our own art and activism. Art + Activism aspires to invite and empower the student body to create critical and powerful artistic ventures. We define the role that we as artists play in shaping our own and the public's opinion on the roles and responsibilities of art, artists and activists to incite change in the local community.
The purpose of Critical Encounters is to further enhance Columbia College’s commitment to civic engagement by inviting students, faculty and staff to explore and reflect upon the chosen issue so that we better understand the impact of that issue in relation to our role as artists, communicators, and medial makers; as those who shape public perception and author the culture of our times. Critical Encounters is a college-wide initiative intended to synchronize conversations between the school and the community, in an ongoing dialogue, around a central, socially and culturally relevant issue, each academic year. Critical Encounters seeks to stand as a tangible model for effective civic engagement at the college-level; it is both an implication and explication that the community is a part of the mission of Columbia College.
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