Art + Activism: A Collaborative Learning Project 2022

Aug 25, 2022

In the summer of 2022, the Hammer Museum's academic programs department launched the second year of Art + Activism: A Collaborative Learning Project, a multigenerational artmaking mentorship program. The program brought together eight high school students, four UCLA undergrads, and two UCLA graduate MFA students to explore the intersections of art and activism over the course of six weeks of online and in-person learning.

Participants built creative and collaboration skills and deepened their knowledge of a range of artistic and activist practices. They also gained skills and strategies for navigating arts education and career pathways through mentorship cohorts and from guest speakers.

Inspired by Andrea Bowers’s artistic practice, they collaborated on a culminating project that supports the work of local activist organization, Arts For LA. For the project, activists from Arts For LA shared about their arts education advocacy work and taught participants about organizing tactics and Proposition 28, an upcoming ballot measure that would significantly raise funding for arts education in K-12 public schools in California. This inspired the Art + Activism interns to create social media content, posters, a zine, and t-shirts to raise awareness around this ballot measure.