Artistic Practices, Social Justice Initiatives, and Community Engagement


Ngwatilo Mawiyoo
Musician, actress, published poet and graduate creative writing student at UBC

Jerilynn Webster
Idle No More organizer, hip-hop performing artist, and aboriginal educator

Alessandra Santos
Artist, translator, and Assistant Professor, Dept. of French, Italian, and Hispanic Studies, UBC


The relationship between art and activism is one of myriad discordant and harmonious forces working together to animate social, cultural, and political aspects of life. Art not only offers us a close examination of the everyday, but also how the everyday, articulated through singing, writing, drawing, dancing, and other expressions can uncover structures of power (Barndt, 2006). But how does activism get taken up by artistic practices? Do these practices colour which social justice issues are confronted by the art? What are different obstacles and/or possibilities for this kind of social justice work? Drawing on the personal experiences, artistic, academic, and community efforts of three artist-activists, this panel will address the relationships between social justice initiatives, artistic modes, and community engagement in an attempt to answer these and other questions.

This panel is organized by graduate students at UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice.

Barndt, D. (2006). Wildfire: Art as activism. Toronto: Sumach Press.

Date & Time  Wednesday, September 24, 5:00PM
Location GRSJ: Jack Bell Building, Room 028
2080 West Mall
University of British Columbia


Refreshments will be served at the event.    

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