Emory students, faculty collaborate with Atlanta artists to inspire change


Students in Alix Olson's class

As part of Emory’s new Arts and Social Justice Fellows program, Oxford Professor Alix Olson and visual artist Shanequa Gay collaborated with students in their course to create a visual quilt and spoken word poem about feminist modes of activism.

The program brings together students and faculty members with Atlanta artists to explore how creative thinking and expression can inspire change. Six artists came into classrooms last semester — including Olson's "The Feminist Art(s) of Activism" Oxford course — working with faculty to help students translate their learning into creative action and activism in the name of social justice.

Olson’s course challenged students to investigate how feminist modes of creative action can intervene in the national and global discourses that shape their lives. Gay, a visual artist whose work “evaluates place, tradition, storytelling, and the experiences of African-Ascendant people,” joined Olson to teach the course.  For their final project, students created a visual quilt and spoken word performances in the traditions of feminist world-building.

View a feature story about the Arts and Social Justice Fellows 

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