Artist Richard Garr Begins Residency in Activism and Art Making Spring 2023

Students in Jason Cuvelier’s Activism & Artmaking class began working with professional interdisciplinary artist Richard Garr this week. He spoke with students about how he connects art and history in his work through paper memorials, collage, and walking tours. Students learned about the definition of Activism Art, and through brainstorming activities determined that it can be healing, it can spread awareness, and it can build community. After Garr’s residency culminates in a walking tour of street art in New York City, students will have created their own pieces of activism art; these pieces will express their feelings about issues that hold meaning for them.

“Through the art Rich Garr has shown and taught us about, it has been insightful to see the different ways people can express their opinions,” says Joseph Stephens, an Activism & Artmaking student. “I’m looking forward to working on my own activism art project.”