The Arts and Social Justice

Art has been used as a means to record history, shape culture, cultivate imagination, and harness individual and social transformation. It can not only be a means to generate awareness, but it can also be a catalyst to engage community members to take action around a social issue. Social justice art allows people to develop agency to interrupt and alter oppressive systemic patterns or individual behaviors. The processes by which people create and engage with art equip them with analytic tools to understand and challenge social injustices through social justice education (teaching for social justice), community building, and social activism/social movements [Wikipedia].