Trish Van Katwyk, School of Social Work, Renison University College
Amir Al-Azraki, Studies in Islam, Renison University College
Soheila Kolahdouz Asfahani, Studies in Islam, Renison University College
(Project timeline: May 2018-April 2019)
We propose to create a multi-media arts-based workshop that can be incorporated into different curricula whose focus is on social analysis and social change. We would enter into a classroom with a three-hour workshop that incorporates visual art making, theatre and movement that is tailored to the curricular aims and particular characteristics (i.e. student number, classroom features, student accommodation) of the course we are contributing to.
The aim of this project is to utilize various forms of artistic process in order to provide students with new ways of engaging with the topic of social justice in addition to the conventional method of reflective writing on assigned academic articles. Bringing art into the classroom through physical enactment (theatre), embodied experience (movement), and hands-on art making (visual arts) opens up not only symbolic but also real life approaches to the understanding of social justice issues. This awareness in turn facilitates a shift in expectations, norms and assumptions that sustain social inequities.