WHAT IS COMMUNITY-BASED ART?
Community-based art provides a productive and creative outlet for community members to express emotion and a diversity of viewpoints. Such projects can be used as a means to heal in the wake of tragedy, celebrate in response to triumph, or just acknowledge the events and issues that impact our lives.
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EXAMPLES OF COMMUNITY- FUELED ART
In response to a racist chant that went viral in March 2015, the Art Force Five created a mosaic of hate and transformed it into a mosaic of hope. Art Force Five students and University of Oklahoma students pose with finished mosaic. Click on link to read the artists’ statement.
Artist’s Statement – OU Mosaic
SELMA ANNIVERSARY PROJECTS
On march 25, 2015 – for the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s HOW LONG? NOT LONG speech – students painted each word and reflected on the speech.
Om March 7 – the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday – over 300 children built a popsicle stick bridge and learned about the historic first march from Selma to Montgomery.
MAYA ANGELOU GRATITUDE
While at NCORE in May 2014, participants reacted to the death of Maya Angelou during the conference. Each day D2D organized a message of thanks to the beloved author and activist.
MADAM CJ WALKER TRIBUTE
D2D organized the created of a mosaic portrait of Madam CJ Walker, a revolutionary African-American businesswoman and entrepreneur while attending NCORE – the National Conference of Race and Ethnicity, in her corporate headquarters of Indianapolis, IN.
Bridgette Ortiz led the 50th anniversary commemoration of the famous MLK speech by building a community wall for people to write their dreams.
CONNECTED TO BIRMINGHAM
Participants could connect the dots of significant civil rights dates in American history – showing how the 1963 church bombing that killed four little girls set off a chain reaction of responses and progress.
Inspired by artist Candy Chang, student Maimoona Rahim set out to create her own avenue for AU students to express their dream job and academic major.
COMMUNITY PHOTO EXHIBITS
An exhibit at the local diner features AU artists in their studios while another exhibit at the local bakery features locals munching cookies.