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May 21, 2021

Community Engagement and Activism


Discussion Owner: Aura Groomes

Community engagement during social justice movements has become increasingly popular. The value of community engaged activism is immense, as there is strength in varying experiences coming together to push for change. However, this brings up the question -- is community engagement best achieved through traditional methods of activism (like protesting) or should activists explore more ways to include their communities in social change?

Within Joseph Guay's "Missed Attendance", people affected by school shootings contributed to the exhibit by writing their thoughts on school shootings on school desks. This is an example of community engaged activism, where individuals came together to push for change through art. Guay opens the question of how to engage communities in social issues and activism -- is it through newfound methods, like art, or through traditional methods, like protests, that communities will be most involved?