Wayne State University

'Art and Activism' service-learning course is open for fall 2016

     Artists don't passively inherit culture but actively create it. The course Art and Activism examines the role of culture creators in social change. The semester long service-learning course for juniors and seniors begins with weekly dialogues with Detroit community organizers and artists and weekly visual assignments. Then, as a class, students construct an interactive map that aggregates and analyzes visual media narratives in and about Detroit.

     The second half of the course is devoted to student apprenticeships. Each student is paired with a working artist-activist or grassroots arts organization as an apprentice/collaborator on a community arts project. Juniors and seniors from all fields of study are welcomed. With questions, contact the instructor, Kate Levy, at fw9737@wayne.edu.

     Kate Levy is a documentary filmmaker, artist and media activist. She has worked with local grassroots organizations and Detroit residents to use art and media to reshape narratives about Detroit. Her work was featured on Democracy Now: The War and Peace Report. In 2015, Levy worked with ACLU of Michigan to bring light to the Flint water crisis.

     Register for ACS 5550, Special Topics: Art and Activism today.