Our mission is to give artists a platform to assert agency in the face of oppressive social systems, to tell stories that elevate equity and social justice. We envision a society in which creative acts of knowledge-making open new spaces for equity and social justice.
Our goal for Creativity in the Time of COVID-19: Art for Equity and Social Justice is to open public spaces that make room for the voices of people disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and in some cases people who work with those populations. We are also creating materials that invite people who come to the exhibit to respond to the work and to help build compassion and solutions for the inequities and social injustices made visible by the pandemic. We are actively making sure that members of the greater Lansing community have opportunities to attend and to add their voices to the stories told by the exhibit through free workshops and other interactive event surprises.
We have learned so much about the ways creative activities are used by people in their everyday contexts as they have been affected by COVID-19. Working with organizations like DisArt, STQRY, Capital City Film Festival, and our other community partners has shown us the true value of collaborating with people and organizations who have shared goals for inclusion, equity, and social justice. We are all inspired to know there are others who are working toward these goals and whose approaches to collaboration are compassionate and focused on uplifting us all.
This exhibition is supported by a Mellon “Just Futures” grant.
To make all exhibit sites accessible, QR codes on the labels of artwork will take people to audio versions of the text and image descriptions. The exhibit guides have been trained by an organization called STQRY to assist people with technology so they can access all of the accessible pieces. Content will be translated into Spanish, French, Hindi, and Mandarin. STQRY will create an online version of the exhibit that will be active for 6 months before being archived to the MSU libraries.
Physical Exhibit Team
Capital City Film Festival
The Cube @ MSU
MSU Translation Center
Lansing Art Gallery
Refugee Development Center